Gender and Land Rights Database

Rwanda

Civil society and indigenous people’s organizations advocating for equality of land rights

 

Pro Femmes/Twese Hamwe (PFTH) is a network of 58 Rwandan associations that promote women, peace and development.  

Despite some difficulties at the beginning and the tragedy of the genocide in 1994, the network has managed to harness the strong political will to promote human rights and women’s rights in particular. 

PFTH has the following objectives:

o Contributing to the eradication of all forms of discrimination against women,

o Promoting socio-economic, political and legal status of women,

o Strengthening organisational and institutional capacity of member organisations and promoting sustainable human development based on gender, social justice, tolerance and nonviolence.

PFTH aspires to a Rwandan society free from all forms of gender discrimination throughout the development process in context of a stable and peaceful society.

http://profemmes-twesehamwe.org/

 

The Rwandan Civil Society Platform (RCSP) is a non-profit organisation, founded in July 2004, with its head office in Kigali (Gasabo District).

Its main objectives are to:

o analyse the major challenges faced by the Rwandan population, and adopt common positions and strategies to address these challenges; 

o Set up and maintain an information system to enable the Civil Society to achieve its mission, acting in close collaboration with all Partners; 

o Develop effective partnerships at national, regional and international level; 

o Provide strong representation and advocacy for its members.

http://www.rcsprwanda.org/spip.php?rubrique1

 

The Forum of Rwandan Women Parliamentarians (FFRP) was established in 1996 on the initiative of women Deputies in the Transitional National Assembly. This forum lobbies in favour of the elaboration and adoption of laws specifically designed to strengthen the rights of women and promote equality between men and women. (11)

The forum plays an active and influential role in revising and repealing discriminatory laws and it has drafted several pieces of legislation. (7)

Local decision-making organizations and women’s representation in them

 

Under Article 9 of the Constitution, women should make up 30 percent of all national and local institutions.  

The Law No. 87/2013 of 11/09/2013 determining the organisation and functioning of decentralized administrative entities

- Articles 126, 143: the female members of the District Councils must make up at least thirty percent (30%) of members

Legal Information and capacity development on land rights

 

The Law No. 3/97 of 19/3/1997 established legal aid. The Act was later amended by Law No. 15/99. 

 

The Legal Aid Forum (LAF) is a national civil society network of legal aid providers (comprising of 38 member organisations including national and international NGOs/ organisations, trade unions, faith-based associations, professional bodies and University legal aid clinics). Its objective is to promote and support the provision of accessible and quality legal aid services to ensure that the indigent and vulnerable groups have equitable access to justice.

LAF runs a programme called “Realizing Equitable Access to Justice”, that provides legal representation to indigent people and vulnerable groups all over the country. 

In March 2014, the LAF organised a National Conference on access to Justice with a focus on the state of legal aid in Rwanda to discuss and identify the necessary changes and strategies to be undertaken in order to improve the situation of access to justice in Rwanda and legal aid in particular. They also provide free capacity building material. http://www.legalaidrwanda.org/

Sources: numbers in brackets (*) refer to sources displayed in the Bibliography