Rwanda is a nation deeply affected by a not so distant past, one that has seemed to loom over a bright future. This marring was caused by a violent civil war between the Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups, and a horrific genocide that killed over 500,000 people.
However, as you move through the country today, you can not tell on the surface that war and genocide were once commonplace. For starters, people no longer categorize themselves as Hutu or Tutsi, they are just Rwandan and the government has gone to great lengths to unify the ethnically diverse population.
This change and forward thinking Rwanda is the atmosphere Nusseir Yassin of Nas Daily entered. After a jet-lagged flight, he arrived in a country he knew nothing about and reviewed how Rwanda bounced back from their tragic history. The Israeli-Palestinian has risen to internet stardom with his one-minute daily Facebook videos and Rwanda was next on his list.
“After 23 years of what should go down as the most tragic incident to happen to any African country, Rwanda has changed”- Nas said. Women are on the rise when it comes to the fight for gender equality. In the wake of these horrific events, women made up between 60% and 70% of the surviving population. They had little choice but to fill the roles once occupied by men. The Global Gender Gap Report takes a gander at four areas specifically: health, education, economy and politics.
Lets begin with the economy. At 86%, Rwanda has one of the most astounding rates of female labor force cooperation in the world. In the US, for instance, that figure remains at 56%, and has even been declining since the turn of the millennium. Not only are participation rates high, but the wage gap is narrower – in Rwanda, women earn 88 cents for every dollar men do; in the US, it’s just 74 cents.
In African, Rwandan technology is also on the rise. Rwanda is turning into a hub of tech activity with its recently launched innovation and development center FabLab, a space for individuals to transform tech thoughts into products. The East African nation has additionally observed accomplishment with FOYO, a versatile pharmaceutical registry, just as another cashless transport installment framework in the capital city Kigali. Rwanda hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa in May, and work is reportedly well underway on the Kigali Innovation City. Which will house innovation labs and provide training and funding for technology companies.
German auto manufacturing company, Volkswagen, launched its operations in Kigali in June 2018; this will be Rwanda’s first car-assembly plant. The official launch took place at the Kigali Special Economic Zone, where the assembly base is located, and was attended by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. With low levels of car ownership in the country, Volkswagen’s Rwanda’s $20 million operation, is integrating a mobility solution that offers car sharing and ride-hailing systems. Thomas Schäfer, Chairman & Managing Director at Volkswagen Group South Africa said of Rwanda “there is almost no corruption, and the population is very young, eager to be educated, and internet-savvy”.
This rapid development was underpinned in 2000 by the launch of Vision 2020, when the country was linked to an international network of global wireless networks, in a campaign that aimed to "transform the country into a knowledge-based middle-income country."
“From grass to grace is the story of Rwanda. It is the beginning of many first things for the African nation and continent as a whole”- Nas reviews.