Mentorship Program to Empower Women to Campaign in the Upcoming Local Government Elections

The kick-off of a mentorship program to empower women to campaign in the upcoming local government elections, hosted by Haguruka in partnership with Kvinna Till Kvinna along with Reseau des Femmes, AKWOS Rwanda and Rwanda Women Network.

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are not only human rights; they are also imperative for achieving inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. Women’s political participation is central to these goals, and political parties are among the most important institutions for promoting and nurturing such participation. With less than twenty per cent of the world’s parliamentary seats occupied by women, it is clear that political parties need to do more—and should be assisted in those efforts—to support women’s political empowerment. Globally, although forty to fifty per cent of party members are women, women hold only about ten per cent of the leadership positions within those parties. Ensuring women’s equal participation in the decision making structures of parties is essential for promoting gender equality within them – and, ultimately, within society as a whole.