Nyarusange-Muhanga, 8 March 2016In a heavy rain 56 RUB female members , women  with and without disabilities from Muhanga, district officials, women from different women networks operating in Muhanga, vice coordinator representing National women’s council in southern province, the Governor of Southern province, journalists from different media houses and many more came together  to commemorate International Women’s Day.


The 2016 theme for International Women’s Day is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”,  in Rwanda the day was celebrated under the local theme: “Step it up for gender equality, strive for women empowerment”(Twimakaze ihame ry’uburinganire turushaho guteza imbere umugore).

The occasion was graced with different speeches, traditional dance performance, exhibition of items made by cooperatives and associations of women with and without disabilities. Most of exhibiters were women with visual impairments. The exhibition was displaying actions and achievements of women with and without disabilities.

In his speech, Alphonse Munyentwali, the governor of southern province who was also the guest of honor thanked both women and men who joined together for the celebration of the international women’s day 2016. Here, he called on CSOs working in disability movement to work together with local authorities to end the invisibility of women with disabilities and strive for their empowerment. He also highlighted the need of support to women towards the respect and opportunities they deserve since they are capable.


Muyishimire Marie Scholastique , CNF vice coordinator  in southern province

The vice coordinator  representing the National Council  of Women  in Southern Province, Muyishimire Marie Scholastique says that the national Council of Women is going to focus on partnership and collaboration with the National Council of Persons with disabilities to empower and encourage women with disabilities to fully participate in all fields of life.

56 RUB women members from different branches operating in different districts of the country attended the event where 8 among them brought different hand -made items for exhibition.


Women with different types of disability exhibiting different items


The International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8th March worldwide annually since the 1900s to mark achievements of women.