The Promise and the Reality: Women's Rights in Rwanda

Pamela Abbott, Dickson Malunda

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Rwanda is probably best known for two things: the 1994 genocide when the world stood by while upward of 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed, and being the first country in the word to achieve the target of 50 per cent of parliamentarians being women. The latter is indicative of the stated commitment of the government to gender equality, the empowerment of women and promoting the rights of women. However, it is not evident that the policies have as yet had a significant impact on the lives of the majority of Rwandan women.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-581
Number of pages21
JournalAfrican Journal of International and Comparative Law
Issue number4
Early online date30 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2016


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