Women's empowerment in the post 1994 genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda
A case study of the former Mayaga region
This research looks at the process of women’s empowerment in post-1994 Rwanda, with special focus on twelve cooperatives working in Mayaga region and the way these cooperatives empower women, their households and the community at large.
Traditional Rwandan society has been always bound by patriarchy which has not valued the reproductive roles of women as economically productive in their households and the society as a whole.
On the one hand, this understanding was reversed in the post-1994 Rwanda by the commitment of the government to gender equality at the highest level of political leadership through progressive policies and legislation.
On the other hand, in Mayaga region, cooperatives brought about socio-economic development and changed relationships of gender and power in a patriarchal post-conflict society.
Celestin Hategekimana has obtained his PhD in development studies in 2011 in the Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), Port-Elizabeth, South Africa.