Welcome from The Minister - Hon. Gasinzigwa Oda
Murakaze neza! It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the website of Rwanda’s Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion.
Since the end of February 2013, I have had the honour of leading this vital Ministry that has made tremendous steps in ensuring gender equality, empowerment of women and girls and promotion of family as a central unit for Rwanda’s development initiatives.
The Ministry has a mandate promoting equality and equity for both men and women and ensures empowerment of women through the national development processes of Rwanda. It further aims at promoting the family, as a natural and cultural basis of the Rwandan society and provides a conducive environment for the overall development of the nation’s children according to internationally agreed standards and principles.
All these have been a major priority for the Government of Rwanda throughout the process of rebuilding the nation since the genocide. We continue to work on changing mindsets and practices which do not favour gender equality and family promotion.
I know these goals are shared and I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm my commitment to continuing to build bridges for dialogue and partnership with all stakeholders. In the daily struggle for a fairer and more equal society, everyone is necessary and essential to overcome the obstacles that we will unquestionably have to face.
We are proud of the achievements our nation has made in the area of gender equality and empowerment of women. It is evident that women have been empowered to take up leadership roles and to be free to use their skills and talents and participate in building the nation. Presently, economic empowerment of women is a major focus for us; we seek to create opportunities for more women to use their skills and talents and improve their own livelihoods and those of their families.
The family as an institution has been under attack worldwide. It is our passion, therefore, as Rwandans to preserve our family units. Our future depends on family, our nation depends on family. Hence, we make every effort to encourage and facilitate the building of strong families. As in other sectors of government, our Ministry has encouraged families in Rwanda to make family performance contracts – umuhigo – to commit to the continuous and focused development of their families both socially and economically. As we all know, the family is the foundation of a nation; a nation’s strength is as great as its families. Efforts to uproot gender based violence and other vices that disintegrate and ruin families continue.
Our children are our future and we must nurture and protect them and ensure that that future is built by giving them an education and protecting them from sexual and substance abuse. We must nurture them and provide opportunities for them to be the best they can be. Recent developments such as the establishment of the National Commission for Children enable us to focus squarely on guaranteeing that our children’s and our nation’s future is secured.
I hope that our internet portal will be an effective and efficient communication and information tool for the public policies we implement as a Ministry in areas as of gender equality and equity for men and women and family promotion. We are always at your service.
Minister of Gender and Family Promotion