'To see the powerful effect of empowering women in post conflict situations, look no further than the East African nation of Rwanda'The arguments provided to back up this claim are found in the following short passage:
'Taditionally, the government was made up of men, and women had a set child-bearing, housewife role. Today, however, women constitute 56% of the parliament, the highest percentage in the world. With this inflated proportion, female members of Parliament are finding it easier to pass legislation relating to gender issues. The UNDP has helped them implement initiatives, such as ways to train new female members of parliament on political processes. They also have the Forum of Rwanda Women Parliamentarians, which helps women run for political office. In 2005 they adopted a five-year Strategic Plan to include equal gender dimensions into policies, laws, programs, and practices. This new policy, together with provisions in the constitution establishing formal structures — such as the National Council of Women — provide means through which women may have a greater say in the formulation of policies that affect their lives.'Election rigging in Rwanda has been well-documentend. Paul Kagame summarized this effort the day vice-president of Rwandan Greens, André Kagwa Rwisereka, was burried:
"My job has not been to create an opposition, my job is to create the environment where legitimate things can happen."Dutch ambassador Frans Makken justified his support for ruthless revolutionaries, disciples of Mao & Che Guevara, in a short interview leading up to the 2010 Presidential elections which he presided as vice-chairman of the Rwandan National Electoral Commission:
"In a country in conflict, you see that socio-economic rights are given more importance than civil and political rights. Why? Because the important thing is that people have something to eat and to drink and are able to offer their children a future. You do not want to endanger that by giving broad democratic rights, that also offer space for militant organizations, including the Hutu rebels responsible for the genocide, who are still active in Congo and in the diaspora in Europe."So why doesn't UNDP provide socio-economic evidence of the 'powerful effect of empowering women in post conflict situations'. That would be more convincing. A parliament filled with 56% women of a country that isn't interested in democracy is evidence not of empowerment but of a deliberate attempt to mislead a liberal western audience. Even those who agree with Frans Makken that 'civil and political rights should be given less importance in Rwanda' must see the weakness of using a toothless parliament as example of women empowerment.
Efforts to mislead a western audience is a consistent trait of the Rwandan RPF regime's 'ideology'. A good recent example is Anglican bishop John Rucyahana who preaches reconciliation when visiting Christians in the United States while at the same time organising and bankrolling a rebellion in eastern Congo.