Dec 8, 2022

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CHOGM leaders key in promoting gender equality

The Government of Rwanda, along with the Commonwealth Secretariat, will host the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 20-25 June the Commonwealth Women’s Forum to claim massive support and promote high-level policies on gender equality and human rights; provide opportunities for women to interact with heads of government; and ensuring that the Commonwealth’s commitments to gender equality are a concern of government leaders.

UN Women, as a global advocate for policies and mobilizing action to transform equality Gender towards a shared future based on the foundations of “Equality, Sustainable Development and Peace” is pleased to be selected by the CHOGM Women’s Forum for “Creating a Shared Future: Transformation for Gender Equality”.

“In Rwanda, Africa and around the world, UN Women work to ensure women and girls are safe, their voices are heard and they make informed decisions be able. We cannot do this alone. Commonwealth leaders play an important role as champions of gender equality and their commitments to CHOGM will strengthen GEWE’s accountability and build a fairer and more equal world for all support< /em>”, Maxime Houinato, UN Women Regional Director East and Southern Africa.

Rwanda excels globally in promoting gender equality and strengthening the role of women from (GEWE) , especially with regard to political participation. Almost two-thirds (61.3 percent) of parliamentary seats and 55 percent of cabinet posts are held by women. Additionally, in 2021, Rwanda was ranked 7th for gender equality and women’s empowerment in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index. The Government of Rwanda has joined with the UN system and other partners over the years to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the country.

The UN system, led by the UN Women Coordination, has worked with the government, development partners, civil society and private sector organizations in Rwanda over the years to close the gender gap to achieve change, in where we work towards transformative change in three areas: women’s leadership; Economic empowerment and elimination of gender-based violence with a focus on youth.

“If we are serious about development, we need to put more power in the hands of young people , girls, because of their creativity, their passion, their commitment, but also because the future is their future. The 2030 Agenda is for them to ensure they push the frontiers of development and secure that hope for all,” says Fode Ndiaye, Resident Coordinator, UN Rwanda.

Rwanda’s impressive results are due in large part to strong political commitment and institutional level accountability for gender equality Monitoring Office, the National Women Council and the Rwanda Women Parliamentary Forum (FFRP) form a uniquely strong and effective mechanism for mainstreaming and monitoring gender equality and women’s empowerment across sectors.

Multi-stakeholder partnerships between the different Government agencies and development partners have also contributed to the progress by providing much-needed technical knowledge, best practices and innovative ideas n to GEWE.

It is my great pleasure to join UN Women as the Representative in Rwanda at this turning point in the organization’s history recently turned 10 and adopted a new roadmap and follows commitments to accelerate the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action by global leaders from all sectors during the Generational Equality Forums. Also a time of great global and regional challenges as the world grapples with better recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and several conflicts, notably the Ukraine war and the climate crisis. Given the gaps in the implementation of GEWE commitments, UN Women focuses on implementation and accountability through the Generational Equality Forums.

I am very impressed by the level and extent to which the Government of Rwanda has taken responsibility for GEWE has , particularly in the public and private sectors, at all levels of government, from the state house to ministries and key accountability mechanisms to the village, as well as with CSOs and religious bodies. Supporting accountability for GEWE is at the heart of UN Women’s work in the country to ensure effective service delivery and respect the rights of all women without leaving anyone behind. I look forward to leveraging on this commitment and working with the UN family and other development partners to support the Government of Rwanda in addressing the remaining challenges that lie ahead in the full realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the country country,” says Jennet Kem, country representative of UN Women Rwanda.

UN Women is the United Nations agency that provides programmes, policies and standards that uphold women’s human rights and ensure that every woman and girl reaches their full potential.< em> As a global champion for women and girls, UN Women was founded to accelerate progress towards meeting their needs worldwide.

UN Women supports the UN member states in setting global standards for the ve Making gender equality a reality and working with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services that truly benefit women and girls around the world lly, the Vision ofSDGsMaking a reality for women and girls and stands behind the equal participation of women in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities:< /p>

  • Womenlead, participate and benefit equally from governance systems
  • Women haveincome security, decent work and economic autonomy
  • All Women and girls live a life freefrom all forms of violence
  • < li class="align--justify">Women and Girls contribute to building contribute to and have a greater impact on sustainable peace and resilience and benefit equally from natural disaster and conflict prevention andhumanitarian response

The organization is represented in 13 countries in the East and South Africa region s (Burundi , Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa (Intercountry Office for Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Eswatini). In countries where there is no presence, UN Women works with the local coordinator office to advance gender equality.

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