Can Rwanda Become a Model for Women’s Rights in East Africa?

Rwandan women

The advancement of women’s rights in Africa, and the obstacles and opportunities women face there will be the focus of the American Bar Association Section of International Law when it meets at the Kigali Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 14.

“Rwanda has risen above its violent past to become a leader in the East African Community,” said Michael Burke, chair, ABA Section of International Law. “The country’s progress in the promotion of women’s rights and access to justice as well the advancement of women in the legal profession has proven Rwanda’s commitment to the rule of law.”

Leading women’s rights experts will analyze the current state of women’s rights on the continent in comparison with Rwanda’s progressive steps to promote women’s rights. The program will explore how continued monitoring and evaluation can contribute to the empowerment of women in Africa.

Session topics will include recent successes and challenges in women’s health issues, business and economic development, and access to justice.

This program will conclude the Section of International Law International Legal Exchange program that took place in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania, and Kigali, Rwanda.

Rep. Jim McGovern is the Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission. Rep. Ed Royce is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a former Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa.