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Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.

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07 Aug 2018 description

The 2017 JAM sought to assess in particular issues of refugee dependence on food assistance, issues of targeting and vulnerability, the capacity of refugees to meet their own food needs through livelihood opportunities and the suitability of cash based transfers to meet refugees’ food needs.

Executive Summary

04 Apr 2015 description

The Government of Rwanda has made achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) central to its policy framework, as defined in the long term development agenda, the Vision 2020, as well as the medium term strategies, EDPRS1 and EDPRS 2. The overriding long-term national development objective is to transform Rwanda into a middle-income country by 2020.

17 Mar 2015 description

ACORD Rwanda’s strategy focuses on strengthening the livelihoods of vulnerable rural populations and their capacity to advocate for their rights and achieve food sovereignty. ACORD Rwanda puts gender equality and women’s economic empowerment at the centre of efforts to achieve sustainable development and food sovereignty.

With support from the Dutch Government’s FLOW programme, rural women have accessed land based economic opportunities increasing incomes and food security.

09 Sep 2013 description

1) Context

By 2020 Rwanda aims to complete its transformation from a poor, post-conflict nation to a thriving, middle income, regional trade and investment hub. But Rwanda’s progress will stall without transformative changes that: create wealth and investment and invigorate the private sector, improve basic services, increase the accountability of the state to its people, and address potential causes of conflict and fragility, especially regional instability.

25 Jul 2012 description
report UN Radio


During the 1984 genocide in Rwanda, more than one million people died and a quarter of a million women were raped.

Rwandans have been working tirelessly to rebuild from this tumultuous past and today their country is one of the fastest growing economies on the African continent.

Furthermore, women have now come to the forefront of national politics, making Rwanda the world's leader in the number of women parliamentarians.

13 Jul 2012 description

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The people of Rwanda have been working tirelessly to put their country’s tumultuous past behind them, paving the way towards a more promising future where peace and stability are helping transform the country into one of Africa’s fastest growing economies.

14 Jun 2012 description
report ActionAid

14-June-2012 (Kigali, Rwanda) In its efforts to build on the past achievements in order to accelerate growth and poverty reduction, this year's budget comes in an environment where key global and national economic indicators prevailing are not in line with earlier projections. According to the IMF’s recent World Economic Outlook, the global economy is expected to grow by only 3.3 per cent, compared to the previous projection of 4 per cent.

14 May 2012 description
report ActionAid

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Supports Effort with $4.5 million for work in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda and the US

07 Mar 2012 description
report UN Radio


International Women’s Day is observed on 8 March annually to celebrate and highlight the achievements that women are making around the world.

The theme for this year is “Empower Rural Women, End Hunger and Poverty.”

The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD) is working in 17 countries in Africa to empower rural women so that they can improve their economic lot.

09 Feb 2012 description
report UN Women

“I never thought I would be able to pay the school fees for all five of my children and our family’s health insurance costs as well!” exclaimed Euphrasia Musabyemariya.

30 Jan 2012 description

Human Rights Council

Nineteenth session

Agenda item 3

Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development

Mission to Rwanda


05 Jan 2012 description

Gov is right to prioritise aid to fragile states but it must not be unconditional – MPs report

The Government is right to increase aid to fragile and conflict-affected states, such as Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, but it must prepared suspend or even cancel a programme if a Government flouts agreements or refuses to engage in efforts to increase transparency and accountability, MPs on the International Development Committee argue in a new report.

15 Dec 2011 description
report UN General Assembly


The present report is submitted to the General Assembly pursuant to resolution 64/226. It provides a status report and an analysis of the current challenges to the delivery of relief and rehabilitation assistance by the United Nations and its partners to survivors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

I. Introduction

27 Nov 2011 description

Conseil des droits de l’homme

Dix-neuvième session

Point 3 de l’ordre du jour

Promotion et protection de tous les droits de l’homme, civils, politiques, économiques, sociaux et culturels, y compris le droit au développement

Mission au Rwanda


17 Nov 2011 description
report PlusNews

KIGALI, 17 November 2011 (PlusNews) - Sex workers in Rwanda say the criminalization of their activities, combined with their general isolation from society, means they are often excluded from HIV prevention, treatment and care opportunities.

Article 225 of the Penal Code states that "Any person who practices the profession of prostitution shall be liable for a term of imprisonment ranging from six months to three years or a fine ranging from 50,000 [US$81.5] to 500,000 [$815] Rwanda Francs."

16 Nov 2011 description

Rwanda Report Shows Successes and Challenges of Post-Conflict Sustainable Development

Kigali (Rwanda), 16 November 2011 - A major report released today on Rwanda's post-conflict sustainable development urges the country to build on its rehabilitation efforts and seed more opportunities for a transition towards a green economy.

19 Aug 2011 description

Rwanda, with a population of 11 million, is a constitutional republic dominated by a strong presidency. In August voters elected President Paul Kagame to a second seven-year term with 93.1 percent of the vote.

01 Aug 2011 description


On Friday, 29 July 2011, Judge Joyce Aluoch, who is assigned to the Trial Division of the International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court), completed a five-day trip to Kenya and Rwanda, where she met with members of the legal and academic communities to raise awareness about the ICC’s mandate and activities as well as to encourage female lawyers to apply to practice before the Court.

27 Jul 2011 description
report UN Women

UN Women is supporting a project in Rwanda to provide legal and medical services to widows who survived the 1994 genocide. The project specifically focuses on providing services to widows with HIV/AIDS, thousands of who were systematically raped by HIV-infected men during the genocide to spread the virus.