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Member of Rwandan Parliament to visit The UWI Mona Campus

University of the West Indies | 2015-11-02 00:00:00

Partnership with UN Women Jamaica Rwanda South South Exchange

The University of the West Indies, Mona in partnership with UN Women will be hosting the Jamaica Rwanda South-South Exchange on November 9 and 10, 2015. The exchange will facilitate mutual learning and shared cooperation on the theme “Promoting Women’s Political Empowerment for Sustainable Development”.

Rwanda has made remarkable strides in the area of women’s political empowerment and participation at the political leadership level with 61% of its parliamentary representatives being women. With this wealth of experience the Hon. Kantengwa Juliana, a member of the Rwandan Parliament since 1999, will be keynote speaker during this exchange.

The exchange is meant to increase awareness and understanding among political party members and young women about the critical role broad measures can play to promote women’s political participation, also awareness raised among the general public of the importance of women’s leadership in achieving sustainable development.

With the aim for political parties to demonstrate their support for measures to support women’s political participation and a possible increase in the proportion of women and young women empowered to contest student, local and national elections as well as elections to professional bodies.

Among the major events scheduled are: a National Dialogue scheduled for the Undercroft UWI Mona, to which the public is invited. Other events with select groups include; a breakfast meeting with women Parliamentarians; meeting with civil society groups, and a Youth Debate scheduled for the UWI Faculty of Law. The debate will have participation by students from UWI Mona and Western Jamaica Campus, The University of Technology and Northern Caribbean University.

For more information on the exchange contact the secretariat at 927-2540.

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