Eight members of the European Union Parliamentary Committee on Women’s rights and Gender Equality are in the country to share the views with their Rwandan counterparts on women matters.
Ruanda, 20 sept 2016
The four-day visit started today (Tuesday) with the EU lawmakers meeting the Rwandan Parliamentary Committee on Political Affairs and Gender and paid a courtesy call on Speaker Donatille Mukabalisa.
Accompanied by EU envoy to Rwanda, Amb. Michael Ryan, visitors have also visited Kigali Genocide Memorial in Gisozi Sector, Gasabo District and will visit the ministry and agencies dealing with women matters.
Iratxe Garcia Perez, the chairperson of the EU lawmakers’ delegation, said their visit is a great opportunity to learn on the achievements of Rwanda in women empowerment as well as political, economic and social areas.
“We are going to cooperate to know how we can improve the situation of women in our societies. We are seeking to learn Rwanda about women empowerment in the society, their access to the employment, human rights, education and medical services. It’s a good idea to cooperate between Rwanda and European Union,” she said, adding that they are eager to learn about Rwanda’s policies towards women empowerment.
With the legal provisions for affirmative action to uplift women at all levels, Rwanda has recorded the world’s highest female representation in political decision making areas including parliament with 64%.
Rwanda Parliament’s Speaker Mukabalisa said the visit is crucial to strengthen the cooperation with other parliaments
“Their visit informs them on the true story of the country as opposed to what they hear from the media and other different channels. The reality on ground changes their understanding of the Rwanda’s history,’ she said.
“As a result, they can, as lawmakers, summon their governments about Genocide issues and advocate for arresting the Genocide suspects. Their interventions can definitely help us make Genocide suspects face justice.”
EU lawmakers will also visit projects where gender issues are promoted and hold round table discussions with many people including the civil society to hear the views of Rwandans about gender issues.
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