Today, FAWE Rwanda launched the Rwanda Career Women’s Centre (RCWC) that has been established through support from UN Women and Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) with an aim to address unemployment affecting women. The event was graced by the attendance of different Ministers, the UN Women Coordinator, Executive Director of FAWE Africa among others.
Most of the speakers at the event emphasized that Career Women’s Centre (RCWC) lays its focus on different pillars including transformational leadership, digital skills, entrepreneurship, and mentorship in order to ensure that women and girls reach their full potential.
In opening remarks, FAWE Rwanda National Coordinator Antonia Mutoro thanked all partners and pledged to use the career centre in solving issues of employability among young women which is a huge challenge in Rwanda and globally.
The event has also featured the testimonies of FAWE alumni including Josephine Uwimana who emphasized how FAWE Rwanda reached out to her after hard life caused by getting pregnant at an early age (11 years old). She now has a small business and the confidence to empower other young women. Irere Claudette also who is MoS in Charge of ICT & TVET noted that she is a proud product of FAWE Rwanda.
Fatou Aminata Lo, UN Women Representative in Rwanda, called upon a bold and deliberate commitment to bridge the gender digital divide, especially in rural areas. She also pledged continued support in promoting labor force participation for women in Rwanda.
While in her speech, the chairperson of FAWE Rwanda Christine Mbabazi appreciated the Government of Rwanda for putting in place the best educational practices and empowering young women and girls.
The guest of Honor, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion Prof. Jeannette BAYISENGE led the opening of the Women’s Career centre and promised support from the government through this achievement and other initiatives shaping the lives of women and girls.