Republic of Rwanda Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation

Canada hosts inaugural Rwanda Women Convention

Montreal, 17 September 2016 - The High Commission of Rwanda to Canada in collaboration with the Rwandan Community living in Canada organised a two day Rwandan Women Convention from 16 – 17 September, 2016 in downtown Montreal, Canada. The first such gathering of Women Convention was organised under the theme, “‘Different paths-one direction’’ and was about to share their journey in regards of gender equality and to celebrate their achievements in Rwanda, in Canada and worldwide.

The first day of this Convention was marked by the opening remarks from different community leaders and official delegates from Rwanda. The second day featured different activities including testimonies, speeches, panel discussions, socializing and cultural dance. 

In her remarks, Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, who was the guest of honour presented a high level description of the current state of Rwanda’s foreign affairs, the role of women in development. Therefore, she explained to them the need to maintain and promote our Rwandan values.

During the this Women Convention,  participants have committed to continue to respect Rwanda’s dignity; to reflect Rwandan values everywhere they are; to strive for successes in all they do and to continue to be united despite their differences, their belief systems and diverse ideas. Participants have also committed to learn from the past and build a better future improve life styles and to make a difference in other people lives.

Among many commitments made by participants at this convention include also to promote unity among Rwandans, eradicate gender based discrimination and all forms of division; but also continue to be good ambassadors of their country so that Rwanda’s good image is reflected abroad as well. 

The two-day event was concluded with Umuganura, followed by an evening of entertainment by Rwandan artists living in Canada and the USA. Participants had the opportunity of socialising with high Rwandan government profile representatives

The delegation was comprised Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, Ministe. Diane Gashumba, MP Jean Marie Vianney Gatabazi, MP John Rukumbura and MP Marie Rose Mureshyankwano.


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