First Lady of Rwanda Jeannette Kagame tells African women and girls: “What a man can do, a woman can do just as well”

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon is an investigative journalist and publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA L.L.C. based in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S.A. His twitter handle is @simonateba and his email is simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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African women and girls are as gifted and talented as African men and boys, the First Lady of Rwanda Jeannette Kagame said on Monday, in a message to empower women and debunk a discredited but persistent myth across the continent that they were intrinsically less gifted, talented, creative or useful than men.

“What a man can do, a woman can do just as well,” Jeannette Kagame told participants at a panel at the Global Gender Summit in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.

“Investments in gender equality are critical to realizing demographic dividend, but we need to ensure that women have the tools to overcome the barriers they face,” she said.

The panel, made up of First Ladies Kagame, Margaret Kenyatta, ministers and development experts, agreed that too many women and girls still face barriers to basic rights, particularly access to labor market opportunities.

Rwanda’s First Lady recalled the role women played following the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi, where a number of families were wiped out, with women in many cases being the ones catering for families.

She described the Summit as an important platform to highlight issues of women equality.

Rwanda has implemented gender several inclusive programs, which has enhanced economic equality in a country where women political participation has grown to 61% percent.

The First Lady Kenya Margaret Kenyatta called for the removal of institutional barriers to accelerate women’s economic empowerment.

“It has become urgent for Africa to translate its demographic dividend into viable potential,” she said, adding, “This is the spirit of Africa’s vision to accelerate its path to sustainable socio-economic development. Our collective commitment to ‘leave no one behind’ is a new chapter in our struggle towards achieving gender equality.”

The panel heard that impediments to gender equality include lack of access to credit, low representation in decision making positions, lack of control over productive land and lack of financial control to make spending decisions on education and health.

Minister of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality and Family Jamila El Moussali of Morocco shared experiences from Morocco where policies have been introduced to increase women’s political and economic participation.

To the Chief Executive Officer of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, all stakeholders to come together to leverage each other’s strengths to “translate women dreams into reality. History will judge us if we don’t work together to take action now.”

Rwanda First Lady Jeannette Kagame
Rwanda First Lady Jeannette Kagame

“History will judge us if we don’t work together to take action now,” Ugochukwu said.

The African Development Bank and the government of Rwanda are hosting the Global Gender Summit from 25 to 27 November in Kigali. The Summit is being organised by the Multilateral Development Banks’ (MDBs) Working Group on gender for the first time in Africa.

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