Gianmarco Maraviglia | Photojournalist

Rwanda
Post Genocide Women Rising


In 1994, 100 days of slaughter resulted in a death toll between 800,000 and 1 million people in Rwanda.
Rwanda’s surviving population was about 60-70 percent female. Women were largely uneducated in pre- genocide Rwanda. It was generally unheard of for women to own land or take a job outside the home. Now, healing and rebuilding the country depended on them. Rwanda has managed to reach the gure of 64% women in its parliament, which is unheard-of everywhere else. The rebuilding of Rwanda’s public bodies was driven by a number of senior women determined that women’s gains in senior positions would not be lost as the gender balance gradually began to adjust.



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  1. Esther Mbabazi is a professional commercial airline pilot in Rwanda. She is the first female in Rwanda to become certified as a commercial airline pilot.
    Esther Mbabazi is a professional commercial airline pilot in Rwanda. She is the first female in Rwanda to become certified as a commercial airline pilot.
  2. Hope Azeda is one of the leading figures in contemporary Rwandan theatre. She is the founder, artistic director of Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts, a leading theatre company in Rwanda.
    Hope Azeda is one of the leading figures in contemporary Rwandan theatre. She is the founder, artistic director of Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts, a leading theatre company in Rwanda.
  3. Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a non-profit membership organisation that brings together people interested in promoting female education in Rwanda.
    Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a non-profit membership organisation that brings together people interested in promoting female education in Rwanda.
  4. Project in the village Rusheshe. The NGO Women for women teaches women how to carry out work that was previously only considered for men
    Project in the village Rusheshe. The NGO Women for women teaches women how to carry out work that was previously only considered for men
  5. View of the capital Kigali
    View of the capital Kigali
  6. The Akilah Institute is a non-profit college for women in Kigali, Rwanda. It is the first college for women in the country.
    The Akilah Institute is a non-profit college for women in Kigali, Rwanda. It is the first college for women in the country.
  7. Mukasarasi Goedelieve, founder of SEVOTA SEVOTA works to rebuild the human relationships that were destroyed during the genocide in Rwanda. It is focused on widows.
    Mukasarasi Goedelieve, founder of SEVOTA SEVOTA works to rebuild the human relationships that were destroyed during the genocide in Rwanda. It is focused on widows.
  8. View of the capital Kigali
    View of the capital Kigali
  9. Joan Mazimhaka, founder at Illume Creative Studio, a strategic communications agency
    Joan Mazimhaka, founder at Illume Creative Studio, a strategic communications agency
  10. Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a non-profit membership organisation that brings together people interested in promoting female education in Rwanda.
    Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a non-profit membership organisation that brings together people interested in promoting female education in Rwanda.
  11. Lilian Mpende is handling the green collar position at City of Kigali as the Director of Urban Planning
    Lilian Mpende is handling the green collar position at City of Kigali as the Director of Urban Planning
  12. Fiona Mbabazi. News Anchor, reporter, show host and producer fot Rwanda Broadcasting Agency
    Fiona Mbabazi. News Anchor, reporter, show host and producer fot Rwanda Broadcasting Agency
  13. Inside the Parliament of Rwanda. 64% of members are women, the highest percentage in the world.
    Inside the Parliament of Rwanda. 64% of members are women, the highest percentage in the world.
  14. Josette Komezusenge. She owns 6 beauty saloon, under the brand Maza Salon, the most famous in the country.
    Josette Komezusenge. She owns 6 beauty saloon, under the brand Maza Salon, the most famous in the country.
  15. Project in the village Rusheshe. The NGO Women for women teaches women how to carry out work that was previously only considered for men
    Project in the village Rusheshe. The NGO Women for women teaches women how to carry out work that was previously only considered for men
  16. The Akilah Institute is a non-profit college for women in Kigali, Rwanda. It is the first college for women in the country.
    The Akilah Institute is a non-profit college for women in Kigali, Rwanda. It is the first college for women in the country.
  17. Mayange village. Nyirabambari Chantal, 52 yr. One of the poorest areas of the Rwanda. She decides to open a co-operative of only women, teaching them the work of building typical baskets, but with modalities and new colors. Now more than 200 women work in the cooperative
    Mayange village. Nyirabambari Chantal, 52 yr. One of the poorest areas of the Rwanda. She decides to open a co-operative of only women, teaching them the work of building typical baskets, but with modalities and new colors. Now more than 200 women work in the cooperative
  18. Mayange village
    Mayange village
  19. Rosette Chantal Rugamba. Founder and Managing Director of Songa Africa. Mrs. Rugamba serves as a Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on sustainable tourism in Africa
    Rosette Chantal Rugamba. Founder and Managing Director of Songa Africa. Mrs. Rugamba serves as a Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on sustainable tourism in Africa
  20. View of the capital Kigali
    View of the capital Kigali
  21. Sonia Mugabo in her shop inside the luxury hotel Marriot in Kigalo. Sonia Mugabo (SM) is a Rwandan fashion brand, established under the owner’s name in 2013
    Sonia Mugabo in her shop inside the luxury hotel Marriot in Kigalo. Sonia Mugabo (SM) is a Rwandan fashion brand, established under the owner’s name in 2013
  22. Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a non-profit membership organisation that brings together people interested in promoting female education in Rwanda.
    Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a non-profit membership organisation that brings together people interested in promoting female education in Rwanda.
  23. Lucy Mbambazi, Country Director for VISA. She worked at the RDB as Policy and Strategy adviser to the Head of IT where she led the development of the National Technology Plan for 2011 - 2015. She is the mind behind the rising of cashless transactions in Rwanda.
    Lucy Mbambazi, Country Director for VISA. She worked at the RDB as Policy and Strategy adviser to the Head of IT where she led the development of the National Technology Plan for 2011 - 2015. She is the mind behind the rising of cashless transactions in Rwanda.
  24. Sonia Mugabo in her shop inside the luxury hotel Marriot in Kigalo. Sonia Mugabo (SM) is a Rwandan fashion brand, established under the owner’s name in 2013
    Sonia Mugabo in her shop inside the luxury hotel Marriot in Kigalo. Sonia Mugabo (SM) is a Rwandan fashion brand, established under the owner’s name in 2013