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Rwanda’s First Lady Awarded For Supporting Girl Child


The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scout (WAGGS) together with the Rwanda Girl Guides Association (RGGA) have awarded First Lady Jeannette Kagame in recognition for her tireless work championing the empowerment of the Girl Child.

The award was submitted on Saturday on the first day of the 12th Africa Regional Conference of Girl Guide and Girl Scouts aiming at promoting and expanding Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting within the region and in countries.

The four-day conference under the theme ‘Unite, Thrive and Grow’ took place from July 16 to 20, 2019 in Nyamata, Bugesera District, and convened participants from 41 countries.

The Minister of Youth, Rosemary Mbabazi, who officiated the conference and received the award on behalf of First Lady said on that she was “so humbled and honoured to have received on behalf of Her Excellency First Lady Rwanda, an award from global girl guides for her tireless work championing the empowerment of the Girl Child.”

Mrs Jeannette Kagame expressed gratitude to the Global Girl Guides
for this recognition.

“We will continue to work together to ensure every girl child is safe and educated,” she tweeted.

Mrs Jeannette Kagame promotes women and girls through various organizations such as Imbuto Foundation established in 2001.

The foundation implements a holistic approach to uplift the most vulnerable communities through education, health, and socio-economic programmes.

In 2001, she organised the summit of the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDs (OAFLA) for which she served as president from in 2004 to 2006.

During her mandate, Mrs Jeannette Kagame was at the forefront of HIV patients advocacy.

It is not the first time that the First Lady has been awarded for her contribution to supporting girls and women.

In 2016, at the third edition of the annual Ms Geek 2016 Awards ceremony in Kigali, also saw the First Lady recieve the ‘Outstanding Leader Award’ for her dedication and commitment to girl education in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Last year, the First Lady was also awarded the African Women of Excellence Awards (AWEA) for her outstanding work on empowering women and her overall contribution to Africa’s development in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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