Published on The New Times, Kigali, by James Munyaneza, 13 December 2007. Re-posted on allAfrica.
President Paul Kagame yesterday received the 2007 African Gender Award, which he won in January, for the substantial gains made in advancing the cause of Rwandan women.
The Head of State, who received the biennial award from Dakar, Senegal, was selected for the prize by the Women Africa Solidarity (FAS) and the Committee of the African Women for Peace and Development (AWCPD). Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade handed him the prize.
The award-giving ceremony was the key highlight of the African Gender Forum held under the theme “African Women and Migration.”
“Since the 1994 Genocide, Rwanda has been distinguished for its integration of women in the reconstruction process and its fight against gender-based violence. Rwanda is the only country in the world that can count 48% of women MPs in their national Parliament,” the organisation said.
The award is given at the government level to recognise African leaders who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in encouraging gender parity in politics, it added.
The President was chosen from three African presidents for the award, others being Festus Gontebanye Mogae of Botswana and Liberia’s Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first African woman president … (full text).
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