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19 Years After the Rwandan Genocide, Educating Women Is Key to Rebuilding

Nineteen years after the genocide against Tutsis, Rwanda is fighting to live by educating young women.


This month marks 19 years since the 1994 Rwandan genocide that killed an estimated 1 million people in 100 days, devastating the country and its people. While remembrance events are held globally throughout the month of April, it is in our land-locked East African country where tributes are felt at the deepest, most profound level.

As a native Rwandan and as the country director for the Akilah Institute for Women, Rwanda's first-ever women's college that's investing in the education of the most promising future professionals and leaders of East Africa, I know the importance of ensuring our students reflect on this tragic part of our history.

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