Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) is a national non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women in Rwanda. The organization has dedicated its efforts to strategies that empower women and girls through fostering women’s participation and grassroots responses to community challenges. To date, RWN works with various local and international partners, and plays a capacity building and facilitating role to a network of over 52 grassroots associations and cooperatives across the country. RWN is present in 17 districts across Rwanda and reaches out to more than 150,000 beneficiaries per year.
Advancing women's leadership and representation
Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN), Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), Trade Union Centre of Workers of Rwanda (CESTRAR) Uganda Horticultural Industrial Services Provider and Allied Workers Union (UHISPAWU) and Uganda Workers Education Association (UWEA) are collaborating in a consortium that is steering the women’s leadership strategy of the Women@Work Campaign in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.
The project is promoting the advancement of women’s leadership and representation in decision-making processes in the horticulture sector in these countries. It also addresses both structural and practical needs that hinder women’s ascension to positions of leadership by raising the consciousness of women workers, managers, partners and other stakeholders on gender issues.
Hereto, the partners are strengthening the leadership capacities of women workers through targeted training; promoting gender-responsive workplace policies; strengthening the collective voice of women in trade unions for decision making; and influencing national, regional and international processes on gender equality and decent work for women in the horticultural sector through lobby and advocacy.