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Jeanne d'Arc Nyinawase, an employee of the national water and power utility, RECO-RWASCO , has been declared winner of the by-elections held last week for the woman MP's seat in the Western Province.
She won with an overwhelming majority of 883 out of 1046 votes (84.41%) to beat six other contestants. She becomes the seventh woman Member of Parliament in the region, following the resignation of Solange Tuyisenge, early this year.
State of Law Coalition independent MP Safiya Al Suhail criticized women absence in head of political parties meeting called for by Kurdistan leader Massoud Barazani.
Al Suhail praised the statements of Supreme Council leader Ammar Al Hakim about the necessity to have women representation which was seconded by Vice President Tarek Al Hashemi.
The Women Members of Parliament are accusing Parliamentary leadership of ignoring international protocols in ensuring gender balance.
The women say they should be given at least 30% of all leadership positions, which is not the current case.
The matter was raised by MP Cecilia Ogwal, supported by Beti Amongi and the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, after the NRM had assigned its members to the various committees.
Rwanda's FDU-Inkingi Party leader, peace and social justice activist Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza, spoke to Ann Garrison for Womens' International News Gathering Service (WINGS) in July 2010, near the close of Rwanda's 2010 presidential election year, which was really an election stage play complete with election observers from the U.S. and the U.K. Incumbent Rwandan President Paul Kagame was “re-elected” on Aug.
Delegates from around the world are in Kigali for the Women in Parliament (WIP) 2014 Summer Summit due to open today.
The three-day conference is expected to draw participants from 45 countries across the world.
The delegates are expected to discuss Rwanda's success in female political empowerment and the need for more women in politics worldwide.
What most of us know about Rwanda – other than the fact that it is a small country in central Africa – is that in 1994 there was an horrific genocide where hundreds of thousands of people were murdered in 100 days.
President Paul Kagame has promoted all Rwandans and given each one a platform to showcase their ability, a move that has worked as a stepping stone towards the development of the nation, the Speaker of Parliament, Rose Mukantabana said yesterday.