Political Gains Haven’t Translated to Social Gains for Rwanda’s Women

Rwandan women build terraces as part of a cash for work program, Rwanda, Sep. 11, 2013 (World Bank photo by A'Melody Lee).
Rwandan women build terraces as part of a cash for work program, Rwanda, Sep. 11, 2013 (World Bank photo by A'Melody Lee).
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Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on the status of women’s rights and gender equality in various countries around the globe. Last month, the African Union praised Rwanda for its inclusion of women in government—women make up 64 percent of the lower house of parliament—and encouraged other African countries to follow Rwanda’s lead on gender equality. In an email interview, Pamela Abbott, a professor at the University of Aberdeen, discusses women’s rights in Rwanda. WPR: What is the status of women’s rights and gender equality in Rwanda? Pamela Abbott: Girls are as likely to attend […]

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