Women are “the backbone of reconstruction of our country but at the same time also there was a political will to empower women,” where Mathilde Mukantabana, Rwanda’s ambassador to the U.S. was quoted in a recent article on NPR.
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In the aftermath of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, women began to take a more prominent role in government. They began the repairs of a country with the goal of the literal reconstruction of the infrastructure and of the reconstruction of the social and moral fiber of the nation.
There is a natural ascendancy for women in the realm of religion and politics. That is not to say that all women will ascend there, or that that will be the purpose of all women. Certainly not, but the opportunity for those who are naturally given—who have purpose, real purpose, in this arena— should be allowed the opportunity to assume a greater role.
Gumisai Mutume states that when women are involved in development, families, communities, and countries feel the benefits to a much greater extent than they would otherwise. Women play a vital and essential role in the formation of a more just society.
The UN Forth World Conference on Women states that without the active participation of women and the incorporation of women’s perspective at all levels of decision-making, the goals of equality, development and peace cannot be achieved.
Over the centuries, men have been so afraid of the power of women and the possibility of women ascending within the society and culture that they really have denied themselves the assets and the benefits of these skills. And civilization as a whole has been retarded and restrained, its full potential not realized because of this.
Let us support the rise of women in politics and religion. All will benefit from the participation of women in greater roles and responsibilities as is being demonstrated in the Rwanda. Here is the full list of countries ranked by women holding a governmental office compiled February 1, 2014.
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