Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Rwandan Women

From Yahoo News:
"Women are playing a crucial role in post-genocide Rwandan politics with the help of a seat reservation system that has made the country one of the few with equal representation of the sexes.

On Tuesday morning, over a hundred women from the Nyarugenge district in the heart of Kigali gathered to elect their women representatives.

The process, along with the selection of three other special interest representatives, continues until Thursday, and follows the voting on Monday in which President Paul Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front won 42 of the 53 seats contested in direct voting.

But despite the strength of women's representation in parliament, the struggle for equality is still not over, particularly in rural areas."

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