Thursday, May 5, 2011

Rwandan Women Deputies Hold Conference

The Forum of Rwanda Women Parliamentarians (FFRP) on Thursday had a one-day conference at the Parliament buildings aimed at evaluating the achievements it has made this far and the challenges still in store. The forum plans to mark its15th anniversary in July this year. 

Marie Mukantabana, who is the senate’s second vice-president is the head of this forum, she acknowledged that there is still a lot to be done.

Regardless of this, this forum has made tremendous achievements in a country that is lauded for having the highest number of women parliamentarians in the world.

The forum is also responsible for the establishment of a gender monitoring desk in parliament, has championed the representation of women in the decision-making process from the local authorities to all government bodies, has called for a review of existing laws protecting the rights of women, the loopholes and gaps in current legislation and the need for new laws, most notable of which was the Women access to inheritance. 

Established in 1996, the Forum of Rwandan Women Parliamentarians (FFRP) is a consultative mechanism for facilitating gender integration within the Parliament. Its mission is to contribute actively to the realization of the mission of the Parliament while supervising the Gender integration at all levels. 

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