Women’s Day: RUB recognises persons with blindness disability

By Elias Hakizimana.

March 8 of every year is the day reserved for the celebration of The International Women’s Day. Women grouped in Rwanda Union of the Blinds (RUB) have celebrated this day in Bugesera District of Rwanda in Lilima Sector with the rest of women and community involvement.

Through this ceremony, RUB has given small livestock to women with disabilities, including goats and gave them the white can.

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr. Bethy Mukarwego, Chairperson of RUB appreciated the efforts of Bugesera District to welcome them in their location, saying that nowadays there is no stigma attached to persons with disabilities as it used to be in the past.

Dr. Bethy Mukarwego, Lecturer at University of Rwanda’s College of Education and Chairperson of RUB speaking to participants at the celebration of International Women Day in Bugesera.

Mukarwego reminded women that the day is not only targeting women who have husbands, but also for all women to remember the value and role they play in the community.

“Every woman who has not a husband has a value for all women, except she deprives that herself. She can find a spouse tomorrow as she maintains Rwanda’s culture ready to raise for Rwanda,” said Mukarwego.

In line with development initiatives, some of the women with visual impairments were supported with small livestock and a white can to help them walk safe.

Judith Nyiransabimana, one of the women who benefited from the support told The Inspirer that she is going to cater for the cattle in that it gives her back in the future.

“I am happy to have this goat and the white cane, I hope to join developmental initiatives and I am proud of the step I made so far,” said Nyiransabimana.

Judith Nyiransabimana and Marie Mukankusi were gifted and given a white cane.

The theme of the day was “Let’s help each other to build a peaceful family,” where RUB stressed that persons with disabilities cannot be left behind.

Hon. Ndangiza Madina, the guest of honour during this ceremony commended the efforts by RUB staff. I recognize their efforts to offer Health insurance, small livestock and a white cane, it really strengthens inclusive society,” she said. 

Hon. Ndangiza Madina, the guest of honour during this ceremony

“It has been the country’s good will to support needy persons in line with good governance initiatives. Most of them are persons with disabilities.

Currently, in Rwanda, 46 percent of women are in the active labour force compared to 54 percent of men

The international Women’s Day was established in 1972, being the 44th celebration worldwide, and Rwanda celebrated it the 44th as it was first celebrated in 1975.

In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

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Elias Hakizimana

Elias Hakizimana, CEO&Founder of The Inspirer Ltd,(www.rwandainspirer.com) is a professional Rwandan Journalist with Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication, received from University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) in 2014. He served various media houses in Rwanda including Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA) in 2013 and became passionate with English Online and Print Media Publications where he exercised his talent as a Freelance News Reporter for The New Times, The Independent, The Rwanda Focus, Panorama and more before he became a Self-Entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of The Inspirer Limited in early 2017.

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