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2008 - Rwanda - Country Gender Profile


Rwanda is one of the Sub-Sahara African countries that has made greater strides in promoting gender equality and empowerment of women as evidenced in its achievements: (i) the reduction of poverty among Female Headed Households (FHH) from 66.3 percent to 60.2 percent (between 2001 and 2006) and expected to further decline to 48 percent by 2012; (ii) gender parity in primary education; (iii) gender equality in participation in policy making (56 percent share of women in parliament); and (v) the institutional structure for gender mainstreaming established. Despite these achievements, many challenges of inequality remain. The main objective of this assessment is to identify key gender gaps and inequalities that constrain women’s economic empowerment and opportunities and provide recommendations for action.

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