How Rwandan Women Got Their Power


Twenty years after Rwanda’s genocide, the country’s women have made huge strides in politics and law. But culture changes more slowly.
KIGALI, Rwanda — Alphonsine Mukarugema, the outgoing president of Rwanda’s Women’s Parliamentary Forum, never aspired to politics. She was a teacher, like her husband, at a school about an hour outside of Kigali, the capital, and she loved it. Her husband taught math; she taught French. Their life was ordinary, happy.

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