Despite Rwanda being the first country in the world with a female majority in parliament, reaching 64% representation, there are still wider gaps in other sectors.
The Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion is concerned that there is less involvement of women in local government decision making positions.
“At local government level, we still notice a small number of women in decision making positions. For example, only 26,7% of mayors are women; 16.7% of vice mayors in charge of economic affairs are women and 45.2% members of the district councils are women,” said Bayisenge Jeannette, the Minister of Gender and Family Promotion.
Minister Bayisenge made the remarks on Thursday while speaking at the closing ceremony of 1st edition of the internship program for fresh female university graduates. The program aims at promoting gender equality in local government through women empowerment.
“From this program, we expect graduates to compete for leadership positions and join the decision-making processes at local and national levels. We recognize that this program constitutes a golden initiative that will raise young women interest in serving local government,” she said.
The minister said that through collaboration with UN-women Rwanda and RALGA, the Ministry will support the next group of 120 female fresh graduates to conduct professional internship in local government. The program is expected to start in January 2021 and end in June 2021.