Investing in Education
Rwanda has aggressive development goals with a focus on education (spending approximately 16% of the government’s budget on education). One of Rwanda’s biggest challenges to their development goals is an educated population. President Kagame has stated that there is no way that Rwanda can meet their development goals if over half of the population (women) are not able to participate in the country’s growth.
Becoming a Global Competitor
As the economy continues to grow, an educated middle class will emerge creating a strong need for leaders with new skills, ideas, and connections. These new change agents will help Rwanda transition to a nation that can thrive and compete globally. Women leaders who can shape the culture with both an insider understanding and an educated perspective will be in high demand and will have the opportunity to be extremely influential within a growing economy.
Shifting the Perception of Feminism
Rwanda is a country that is open to and embracing of women leaders – they have the largest percentage of women in Parliament in the world. However, much of its female population suffers greatly from gender discrimination, domestic violence and maternal health issues. This dichotomy is an opportunity for aspiring women leaders to make a difference in improving lives of Rwandan women through influential, leadership roles.