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Being a woman: Rwandan women share their experiences

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Being a woman is like being part of a secret club. We share a bond that transcends borders, cultures, and languages. But being a woman in Rwanda adds a unique layer to this club, and it’s a layer that deserves recognition.

For many young women in Rwanda, being a woman means being a beacon of hope for their families and communities. It means breaking down barriers and stereotypes that have held women back for generations. It means being strong, resilient, and determined in the face of adversity. And it means being proud of who you are and where you come from.

I had the pleasure of speaking with some incredible young women in Rwanda, and they shared their thoughts on what it means to be a woman in their country.

Meet Grace Uwimana, a 24-year-old student studying accounting. Uwimana told me that being a woman in Rwanda means being a leader.

She said, “Women in Rwanda have been leading in different sectors, and it’s because of the opportunities given to us by our government. We are educated, confident, and ready to lead.”

She’s not wrong. Rwanda has made incredible strides in gender equality, with women holding 61% of parliamentary seats, the highest in the world. This level of representation is crucial in creating policies that benefit women and girls.

But there’s still work to be done. Despite the progress, women in Rwanda still face challenges such as gender-based violence and limited access to healthcare. But young women like Uwimana are determined to make a difference.

“I want to use my education to help other women in my community. I want to teach them about financial literacy and entrepreneurship so they can become self-sufficient and independent,” she said.

Meet Angelique Rwangabwoba, a 20-year-old university student studying communications. For Rwangabwoba, being a woman in Rwanda means being able to pursue your dreams.

“In Rwanda, women are encouraged to pursue their passions and aspirations. We have role models who inspire us to dream big and work hard,” She said.

And she’s right. Rwanda has produced some incredible female role models, including first lady, Jeannette Kagame, who is known for her work in promoting women’s rights and health.

It is not her but there are so many women that are countless women, whom young people are looking up to.

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But it’s not just about having role models. It’s about creating an environment where women can thrive. “In Rwanda, we have programs that support girls’ education and empower women. These programs give us the tools we need to succeed,” Rwangabwoba added.

Meet Akimana Divine, a young entrepreneur. For Akimana, being a woman in Rwanda means being able to create change. She is part of the African Talents Outreach, an Organisation that produces eco-friendly and reusable pads for unprivileged women.

“We wanted to provide affordable and eco-friendly menstrual pads to women in our community. We saw a need, and we decided to do something about it,” she said.

Their work is outstanding, and they are now expanding to different regions in Rwanda. “We want to create a movement of women who are passionate about sustainability and women’s health. I want to create change in my country,” she said.

And she’s not alone. There are countless women in Rwanda who are using their skills and passion to create positive change in their communities.

Being a woman in Rwanda isn’t always easy, but it’s a journey filled with hope, determination, and sisterhood. Young women in Rwanda are breaking down barriers and creating a brighter future for themselves and their country.

So, to all the young women in Rwanda, I want to say this: You are strong, you are capable, and you are making a difference. Keep dreaming big, keep working hard, and keep inspiring others.

And to all the women out there, no matter where you are in the world, let’s continue to support each other, empower each other, and celebrate each other. It is all about being a woman.

This month on KURA, we are determined to celebrate all women of all backgrounds.

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