Prior the start of the genocide in April of 1994, women played a tradition role in a rather patriarchal, or male dominated, society. Often times, their roles included educating the children, managing the household, advising husbands, and maintaining traditions (Hogg ). They were nearly absent from political life and were under-represented in Rwandan politics.
In the genocide of 1994, it is important to understand that women were not only victims of the atrocities as examined throughout this course, but also were involved in committing them, still committing fewer acts of violence ...
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...ng the males in their work in this village. While about half of all of the farmers in the village’s coffee cooperative are women, they are producing 90% of its finest quality beans for export (Faiola). This concept is called female entrepreneurialism and it is vital for efforts to rebuild the nation and fight poverty. It was stated by a Washington Post’s Faiola that women are often successful in their economic endeavors as they are more likely to invest profits into their families, renovate homes to improve living conditions, improve nutrition, increase saving rates, and spend money on education (Faiola). Since the genocide, Rwanda’s economy has since tripled in size and has grown at an average of over 6 percent since 2004 with many women participating in the workforce and owning businesses (Mutale). Agnes Matilda Kalibata, who is the minister of state in charge of
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