The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) convened the community of female Parliamentarians from 51 countries at the Parliament of the Republic of Rwanda for its WIP Summer Summit 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda from 1 to 3 July 2014.
The event was held in cooperation with the Parliament of Rwanda, which for the first time in its history opened its plenary for a conference of a group of international Parliamentarians. More than 200 female MPs addressed issues of peace, security, the post-2015 agenda and the impact of Constitutions during the meeting.
On Friday, 4 July 2014, the day after the WIP Summer Summit, some of the participants took part in the official celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Liberation Day of Rwanda.
20 years after the Tutsi genocide, Rwandan society has experienced an extraordinary process of state building. One of the important measures taken to reunite society was female empowerment, particularly in politics, “ensuring that women are granted at least thirty per cent of posts in decision making organs” (Article 9.4, Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda). As a result, 64% of Parliamentarians in Rwanda are women. Since the election of 2008, Rwanda is the first country to have a majority of women in its Parliament.
The WIP Summer Summit 2014 gave participants first hand insights into Rwandan society, built on the values of gender equality and female social, economic and political empowerment. Participants met with Ministers, MPs, business women and men, academics and societal stakeholders.
Field Visits organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Gender of Rwanda and international Organisations such as the World Bank, UNDP and UN Women, and Partners of WIP gave participants first hand insights about the impact of a high percentage of women in Parliament on society.