When the first bullet went off at Kagitumba border in October 1990, the big plan was to break the shackles of being referred to as refugees for over 30 years and to build a country that would provide peace, stability and development for its entire population.
When the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and the liberation war came to an end, the nation was in shambles. All Rwandans were shattered but women and children were the most affected. In some cases, the roles reversed and, all of a sudden, women were forced by circumstances, to head households.
As the road to recovery began, women were engaged in rebuilding the socio-economic fabric of the nation as equal partners and, 21 years later, Rwandan women have become a beacon of hope for countries where the advancement and respect for women rights are still distant."
Read article by Nasra Bishumba from The New Times.