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Rwandans in Belgium rally for gender equality and progress

By Karirima Aimable Ngarambe
On 12 March 2024 at 02:29

Rwandans residing in Belgium have been urged to further contribute to Rwanda’s exemplary status in advancing gender equality, a critical factor for sustainable development.

This appeal was articulated on Saturday, March 9, during the celebration of International Women’s Day by the Rwandan community in Belgium, known as DRB-Rugali, in collaboration with the Rwandan Embassy.

André Bucyana, the Chargé d’affaires at the Rwandan Embassy in Belgium, expressed gratitude towards President Paul Kagame for his relentless efforts in promoting women’s development in Rwanda and across Africa.

Acknowledging the leaders championing gender equality in the diaspora, Bucyana urged the Rwandan community in Belgium to embrace the advice given by President Kagame. He emphasized the pivotal role of women in the diaspora, urging them to be pillars in both administrative bodies and participatory activities.

Highlighting Rwanda’s achievements in women’s empowerment, Bucyana showcased the country’s legislative framework and institutional reforms that have positioned Rwanda at the forefront of nations with a significant number of women in parliamentary and decision-making roles.

This year’s International Women’s Day theme, "30 Years: Women in the Country’s Development," resonated with the progress made in advancing women’s roles in Rwanda.

Bucyana emphasized President Kagame’s acknowledgment of women as the pillars of family and national development.

Encouraging Rwandans in Belgium to build on this foundation, Bucyana commended the efforts invested in girls’ education, especially in science, mathematics, technology (STEM) courses, and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).

The emphasis on education and the establishment of gender equality policies has accelerated Rwanda’s development, evident in various indicators.

Currently, women hold significant positions in decision-making bodies, with 61% in the Chamber of Deputies, 42% in the Government, 49.6% in the judiciary, and 40% in the Executive Committee of local authorities.

Bucyana extended gratitude to the women members of Bamutimawurugo ballet for their commitment and urged them to serve as role models in teaching Ikinyarwanda language and Rwandan culture to their families and young children.

President of the Belgian diaspora, Gilbert Dushimimana, joined in extending wishes for a happy Women’s Day, pledging the cooperation of their male counterparts in all national development programs.

The celebration featured performances by children from various ballets, including "Amaliza" and "Itetero."

Olga Umugwaneza, the head of the Gender unit at DRB-Rugali, highlighted the event as an opportune moment to celebrate the power, resilience, and extraordinary achievements of women worldwide.

She emphasized the legacy carried by Rwandan women in Belgium, shaped by 30 years of struggle, resistance, and reconstruction.

Umugwaneza underlined the diaspora’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the preservation of Rwandan traditions and identity. She celebrated the strength of Rwandan women in the diaspora, transforming challenges into opportunities and dreams into realities.

Pledging to continue the struggle for gender equality, social justice, and human rights, Umugwaneza urged women to be agents of change in their communities, advocating against injustice and supporting sisters in need.

She emphasized the collective power of women to drive progress and change, committing to a future where every woman can fulfill her potential, regardless of background or circumstances.

Umugwaneza underlined the diaspora's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and the preservation of Rwandan traditions and identity.
Bucyana emphasized the pivotal role of women in the diaspora, urging them to be pillars in both administrative bodies and participatory activities.
Members of Bamutimawurugo in a group photo at the event.
President of the Belgian diaspora, Gilbert Dushimimana, joined in extending wishes for a happy Women’s Day, pledging the cooperation of their male counterparts in all national development programs.
André Bucyana, the Chargé d'affaires at the Rwandan Embassy in Belgium, expressed gratitude towards President Paul Kagame for his relentless efforts in promoting women's development in Rwanda and across Africa.
Members of Rwandan Diaspora overseeing gender equality in different cities in Belgium.

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