Historically, it is apparent and strenuous to articulate that the history of Women’s empowerment started just two centuries ago.
Nobody thought, except a few, that an elfin group number of women from a notch of suffrage would lead the revolutionary of women empowerment to the success of women today.
Such inspiring and motivation pioneers and activists include Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Lucretia Mott from the USA.
Since then, Governments, non-profits organizations, and businesses have remained committed to addressing the issues of gender equality and violence through the rapid increase of budget spending for conducting campaigns and awareness sessions.
Rwanda still remains one of the outstanding countries both in Africa and the world regarding fighting and maintaining gender equality in society. Researchers indicate that the Rwandan parliament is represented by 61.3% of women are within the lower house, while more than 35.58% are within the upper house.
Such representation and participation in the decision-making process of the country, makes Rwanda holding the leading path and rod in achieving and accomplishing full women empowerment in our generation.
It is fundamental and imperative to note that Rwanda made a radical and revolutionary change to reach and achieve such drastic success.
In Her commitment to augment the women empowerment opportunities, the Rwandan government has made a drastic and momentous commitment to triple the number of girls enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training).
Such radical actions, advancement, and commitment have resulted in an increment of 44.4% of women or girls joining the public schools of TVET.
Furthermore, it is also clear that government forces in increasing girls’ education enrolment have brought fruitful results in the journey of women empowerment.
Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame is among the top pioneers of women empowerment through her actions and initiatives in Rwanda.
She instigated in scaling up Isange One Stop Center, which remains as one of the early and top holistic initiative that has made tremendous work in resolving and preventing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and child abuse across the country.
She was awarded for her contribution to the fight against gender-based violence and the promotion of women’s empowerment in the country and her heritage spreads across the young generations within the country.
Such a road map increased and influenced women to contribute, participate and engage in economic development, financial inclusion, and service development within the country.
For instance, as a result of high enrolment in STEM and TVET, women has taken critical steps in the economic development of the country.
IREMBO represents itself as the extra-ordinary platform and results out of girls education and women empowerment. Such an e-service portal or platform that supports and assist Rwandan citizens to access, pay and attain government services was created and founded by a young woman, the CEO Keza Faith.
Furthermore, we can never cease to talk of one of the established and recorgnised brand UZURI K&Y. An African inspired shoe brand and manufacturer founded by two young entrepreneur women (Kevin & Ysolde) that met at university through pursuing a degree in creative design. Such are a few successful stories that we can reveal as a result of educating, motivating, and empowering women.
There is also the Agaseke program, which the IBANGA Cooperative Union produces, a women’s cooperative organization based in Kigali, Rwanda. Rwanda has a long history and culture of producing lovely handcrafted items.
The Agaseke, which women traditionally weave, is well-known for its high quality and associated cultural traditions. Agaseke baskets are decorative gifts that Rwandan families give to their daughters during marriage ceremonies. A precious feminine gift is associated with beauty and love.
Each basket is handwoven by a woman over a period of several days, and the process is often meticulous and necessitates unwavering attention to detail. The Agaseke basket is also used to represent peace and unity in Rwanda.
It is obvious that the government of Rwanda has taken a drastic and extreme measures to empower women and promote the full development of girls and women’s potential through education, skill development, and the abolition of illiteracy for all girls and women without discrimination.
The Rwandan government helps these young people who want to launch their entrepreneurial careers by providing them grants and allowances to credit from banks and other youth initiatives by putting laid-off workers and micro-entrepreneurs at the center.