UN chief commends Rwanda's commitment to empowering women and girls

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the World Bank Group Dr. Jim Yong meeting with His Excellency President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

Rwanda has been commended for its commitment to the empowerment of women and girls.

The praise came from United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement to reporters in the capital, Kigali on Friday as he continued his visit to Africa with the President of the World Bank.

He said Rwanda has made remarkable progress over two decades, lifting many people out of poverty and meeting the Millennium Development Goals known as the MDGs.

The country, the Secretary-General added, is also a pioneer of the green economy and is helping to define the sustainable development agenda after 2015, the deadline for meeting the MDGs

"Rwanda has so many success stories to offer the region, the continent and the world. I particularly commend the country's commitment to empowering women and girls. This commitment comes from the top, and can be seen in the record number of women represented in parliament – 56 per cent, which is more than any other country. Yesterday, I told President Kagame that I commend his leadership on this issue." (28")

The Secretary-General said he also told Rwandan President Paul Kagame that he counts on his leadership to bring peace and stability to the Great Lakes region of Africa.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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