Source: African Development Bank Group
Across the continent, Rwanda is recognized for its national efforts towards gender equality.
Most recently, the country was ranked in the top 10 of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020.
At a local water treatment plant, women have taken leadership roles in traditionally male-dominated career fields. They say that the benefits of their work surpass the financial gains of a steady salary.
Gisele Akimana says her experiences as an electrician have renewed her self-confidence and expanded her ability to provide for her family.
“I feel valued and proud to be in this profession,” says carpenter Charlotte Nyirangarukiyimana, “unlike before where it was known to be a man’s job only.”
Steel bender, Florence Ntibazankwirwa, has purchased a cow that rovides milk for her infant son thanks to her earnings from working at the water treatment plant. She estimates that in two years, she will have enough money saved to purchase a house.
The African Development Bank has financed 30 percent of the $61 million cost to construct the Rwanda water treatment plant, which will be completed late 2020. The plant is expected to deliver treated water to 500,000 homes.