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Rwandan women rising / Swanee Hunt.

Author/Creator:
Hunt, Swanee, author.
Publication:
Durham : Duke University Press, 2017.
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Book
1 online resource (441 pages) : illustrations, map
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Subjects:
Women -- Political activity -- Rwanda.
Women and democracy -- Rwanda.
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 -- Atrocities.
Rwanda -- History -- Civil War, 1994 -- Personal narratives.
Rwanda -- Politics and government -- 1994-.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
In the spring of 1994, the tiny African nation of Rwanda was ripped apart by a genocide that left nearly a million dead. Neighbors attacked neighbors. Family members turned against their own. After the violence subsided, Rwanda's women—drawn by the necessity of protecting their families—carved out unlikely new roles for themselves as visionary pioneers creating stability and reconciliation in genocide's wake. Today, 64 percent of the seats in Rwanda's elected house of Parliament are held by women, a number unrivaled by any other nation. While news of the Rwandan genocide reached all corners of the globe, the nation's recovery and the key role of women are less well known. In Rwandan Women Rising, Swanee Hunt shares the stories of some seventy women—heralded activists and unsung heroes alike—who overcame unfathomable brutality, unrecoverable loss, and unending challenges to rebuild Rwandan society. Hunt, who has worked with women leaders in sixty countries for over two decades, points out that Rwandan women did not seek the limelight or set out to build a movement; rather, they organized around common problems such as health care, housing, and poverty to serve the greater good. Their victories were usually in groups and wide ranging, addressing issues such as rape, equality in marriage, female entrepreneurship, reproductive rights, education for girls, and mental health. These women's accomplishments provide important lessons for policy makers and activists who are working toward equality elsewhere in Africa and other postconflict societies. Their stories, told in their own words via interviews woven throughout the book, demonstrate that the best way to reduce suffering and to prevent and end conflicts is to elevate the status of women throughout the world.
Contents:
Foremothers
The pressure builds
Stateless
To arms
Genocide
Immediate aftermath
Community training ground
A pull from the top
Emboldened ministry of gender
Countrywide women's councils
Caucus crucible
Fanning out
A new constitution
The quota
Pioneering in Parliament
Spurring local leadership
Bending toward reconciliation
Bringing them together
Bringing them home
Rethinking rape
To testify
Off the sidelines
Behind the statistics
Risk and resignation
The meaning of marriage
Safety : a new language
Challenging changes
Unmasking ambition
Health means whole
Every body matters
Transformative results
Little ones
Reading rights
Solidarity and sisterhood
Manning the movement
Sowing confidence
Flying high
Bringing along the masses
Charting new pathways
Complements and compliments
Coming up.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
ISBN:
0-8223-7356-4
OCLC:
1139374629
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780822373568 doi