Mrs Kagame Tells Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe Leaders to Keep up the Good Work Their Doing

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Mrs Kagame asked Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe Leaders to Keep up the Good Work Their Doing.

First Lady Jeannette Kagame has applauded Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe, an umbrella organization of women associations which aims at elevating the status of women and a girl child in the country.

Among many achievements that the organization has attained since it was formed in 1992, yesterday Mrs Kagame congratulated them upon the accomplishment of the first block of the project for the “Centre of Excellence for Women Leadership” as they celebrated their 25th anniversary.

While inaugurating the first block, the first lady said that she is proud that Pro Femmes Twese Hamwe has managed to achieve one of its targets.

First Lady Jeannette Kagame, Nyirasafari (to her right) and Kanakuze (to her left) at Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe’s 25th anniversary celebration yesterday.

“Thank you for dreaming big and making your dream come true. This day should be unforgettable in Pro-Femmes’ s history” Jeannette Kagame thanked the women leaders.

The first lady thanked the organization again for empowering Rwandan women and enabling them to know their rights.

“I would like to recognize you for raising the status of Rwandan women,” she added with gratitude.

The first block of the “Centre of Excellence for Women Leadership” is worth Rwf 530million of which Rwf 137million was contributed by its members. However, Rwf 2billion is still needed for the whole project to be completed.

Amidst applauses of the Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe members, the first lady said that she has no doubt that the “Centre of Excellence for Women Leadership” project will be accomplished and she pledged her continuous support.

During the 25th anniversary celebrations, Mrs Kagame urged the members to set more targets to accomplish and also take into account what has been achieved.

She commended the organization to continue supporting government programs in the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights.

For the past 25 years, Pro-Femmes Twese Hamwe has fronted the campaign to empower Rwandan women economically, socially and morally.

This was testified by Karangwa Scovia who used to be a black market trader not until 2010 when she attained Pro Femmes Twese Hamwe trainings that changed her into a strong and responsible business woman.

“I used to be a cross boarder trader whose business was against the law, but after the advices learnt from the training of Pro Femmes Twese Hamwe, today am heading all boarder traders in EAC,” she said.

“I am a living example of how this organization has impacted women’s life and in a positive. I am also an example to show that women can do everything with no limits,” she added.

According to Kanakuze Jeanne d’Arc, the president of the organization, they have promoted the education of the girl child, empowered women socially and economically, and improved the wellbeing of families.

Kanakuze also recalled that the women’s group started with 13 associations and has now grown to 58 with 689,000 members, an indication that the association has produced great results.

“We no longer cry like we used to back in 1994, today we are happy and striving for better,” she told the First lady adding that “We appreciate the way you support both women and men’s ideas towards participating in the development of our country.”

Having all that said, the first lady tasked the women associations to find sustainable solutions to problems like family conflicts, women violence, teenager pregnancy, street children among other problems hindering families.







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