Dr. Mukeshimana lauds govt for upholding gender parity
Written by: George Kalisa
Friday, October 19th, 2018, 6:55
Rwanda’s Agriculture and Animal Resources Minister, Dr. Gérardine Mukeshimana, one of the 13 women ministers on the new 50% women Cabinet has today said that they are blessed to have a leadership that is gender sensitive and pushes for gender parity.
“As Rwandan women, we’re blessed to have a leadership and political will that pushes for gender equality, It is not a new culture in Rwanda since we previously had 64% women representation in the Parliament,” said Mukeshimana in a telephone interview.
Mukeshimana who retained her position was first appointed Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in July 2014. She retained her position in a May 2016 Cabinet reshuffle. The Agriculture ministry according to a cross-section of political observers is one of Rwanda’s ministries that have recorded a growing performance particularly since she entered office.
President Paul Kagame late yesterday named a new 26-seat cabinet of which women are 13 making 50% for the first time in Rwanda’s history. The announcement came a few days after Ethiopian had named its cabinet with 50% women.
African Union Commission Chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is one of the prominent leaders that have saluted Rwanda for recognizing gender parity. He said the Africa they want is one that upholds gender parity.
“Rwanda continues to lead on gender parity in ministerial + parliamentary appointments, closely followed by Ethiopia.The momentum to recognise men+women as equal in politics is vital as we work towards
#TheAfricaWeWant.Congratulations to the people and govts of Rwanda+Ethiopia,” tweeted Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the AU Commission.
Amb. Olivier Nduhungirehe, the new State Minister in charge of the East African Community, commenting on the gender parity expressed gratitude to the government for the 50% women Cabinet, adding the development is compatible with Rwanda’s policy.
“I am happy with that as it is in line with our policy to empower women,” observed Amb. Nduhungirehe.
Also, Rwanda reduced the Cabinet size from 31 to 26 ministers.
Rwandan Parliament that was elected last September has 61% of women
Rwanda and Ethiopia are the only two African countries that have respected gender parity in Cabinet with 50% women and men.
Secretary-General elect of the OIF, Louise Mushikiwabo was replaced by Dr. Richard Sezibera, the former SG of the EAC as the new Foreign Affairs minister.
Dr. Frank Habineza the President of the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda (DGPR) has said in a reaction that the appointment of Dr. Sezibera to replace Mushikiwabo “is a good choice”, stressing that he is “a seasoned diplomat and person with proven ability and experience”.
“Am sure he will do well in the betterment of our foreign relations,” Dr. Habineza said.
Dr. Habineza who recently entered the Parliament is also the Spokesperson of the National Consultative Forum of Political Organisations in Rwanda and the Vice-President of the Social Affairs Commission.