U.S. Ambassador recognizes four Rwandan women of courage

On 16 March 2021 at 01:39

U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda Peter H. Vrooman recognized four Rwandan Women of Courage Thursday at a special Women’s History Month virtual panel discussion highlighting advocates for persons with disabilities.

The women honored include: Donatilla Kanimba, Executive Director, Rwanda Union of the Blind (RUB); Christine Mukeshimana, Founder, Help for Disabled and Vulnerable Children (HDVC); Agnes Mukashyaka, Founder, Izere Mubyeyi Center; Gaudence Mushimiyimana, Co-founder and Executive Director, Rwanda Organization of Women with Disabilities (UNABU).

Since 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Kigali has helped recognize and celebrate Rwandan Women of Courage who are making a real difference in their communities.

Sixteen (16) inspiring women have been honored to date for demonstrating exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in advocating for social justice and the most vulnerable members of society.

The four Rwandan Women of Courage honored Thursday were all nominated to participate in an International Visitor Leadership Program study tour designed just for Rwanda, a three-week visit to trade best practices with Americans who are also involved and invested in the economic empowerment and social inclusion of persons with disabilities.

In 2019, the awards were presented to three Rwandans including Ashimwe Christine, the founder of Rwanda Clot Awareness Network and Dative Nakabonye, the director and founder of “Family Circle Love Lab Organization” (FCLLO), a Rwandan NGO that offers compassion and innovation to vulnerable groups.

Ambassador Vrooman Presenting 2019 Rwandan Women of Courage Awards. Photo Courtesy