Gender Equality

The future is female. How women are taking the lead in Rwanda.

Kigali, Rwanda


Rwanda is a country with an impressive record for gender equality, but one that came about through tragedy. After a mass genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, the responsibility to rebuild the country fell to the women, who made up 70% of the remaining population.

Legislation was introduced to promote women’s education as well as their roles in business and infrastructure. A new law stipulated that 30% of the Government must be female and in 2018, 64% of the country’s parliament were women, more than anywhere else in the world.

Closing the gender gap is a huge priority in Rwanda, where women have formal constitutional rights to equal pay, healthcare and education. 2017 saw the introduction of the Digital Ambassador Program, a scheme led by MITEC in partnership with Digital Opportunity Trust and supported by EQUALS to improve digital literacy in Rwanda, with a special emphasis on empowering women.

Former Miss Rwanda, @mutesi_jolly travels from the capital in Kigali to some of the more remote areas of the country to meet the ladies who have graduated from the scheme. Join Jolly as she discovers how the women of Rwanda are using their newly acquired digital skills to benefit their lives and enrich their communities.

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