Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

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On 9th and 10th June 2017, the Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum (FFRP) has scheduled different activities in Gisagara District to mark the 20th anniversary of its creation.

The celebration of this anniversary themed “Furtherance of Gender equality: firming up gender roles in the society, building on our progress toward a rapid growth and development”, will feature a series of outreach activities such as community work (Umuganda), ‘parents sunset clubs’ (Umugoroba w’Ababyeyi) and the 20th anniversary function which will take place on June 10, 2017 at Gisagara Gymnasium.

Other activities marking this 20th anniversary include donating cows, distributing water tanks to households, planting kitchen gardens, donating house materials including schools materials to girls who have dropped out of school. There will be also a trade fair showcasing achievements of women economic empowerment projects prepared by Gisagara District and partners.

Gisagara District was selected to host this anniversary celebration as one of the Districts in need of more poverty reduction projects. Indeed, during the parliamentary field visit carried out in January 2016, MPs realised that Gisagara District was still lagging behind as far as community development is concerned especially regarding social welfare and family planning. It was also noted that the population in this District had limited innovative capacity particularly on the part of women.

Gisagara District is one of 8 districts that have entered into partnership with the FFRP since 2011 as regards economic empowerment for most deprived women.

In the same line with building on achieved development and team work in finding solutions to lingering challenges, the FFRP has sought collaboration of Gisagara District authorities in organisation of this anniversary celebration through unique style involving outreach programmes dedicated to helping local community boost its innovative capacity.

The FFRP have chosen to celebrate its 20 anniversary with grassroots people in order to promote population based development and it expect all Rwandans to rejoice with theirs lawmakers to celebrate its achievements.

The FFRP was created in 1996 and has so far recorded tremendous strides. The number of female parliamentarians has increased in Rwanda Parliament from 17% [at its creation] to 48, % in 2003; 56% in 2008 up to 64% in 2013. The FFRP commands the active partnership of male parliamentarians in both Houses of Rwanda Parliament.

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