Rwanda continues to lead the world when it comes to women in parliament

Last month’s election in Rwanda brought a record-setting 64% of women into Rwanda’s parliament. This is even more astounding considering the fact that only 21.4% of parliamentarians worldwide are women  with the average for Sub-Saharan Africa being 21.9% (IPU 2013). It is both true that Rwanda has a reserved seats quota of 30% for women and that electoral quotas, and especially reserved seats, do increase the number of women in parliament overall; but rarely do we see countries outperforming their quotas so significantly as Rwanda has done in the past. Thus, we must applaud Rwanda for its continuous commitment to gender equality in politics and as a continuous example of a country not afraid to trust women in politics. Continue reading