Chamber of DeputiesSenate

Chamber of Deputies

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Rwandan Women's Parliamentary Forum (RWPF)
(January 1996)


Formal or informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
The caucus is cross-party
In addition, men interested in joining the caucus can be granted membership by the General Assembly. Members of the Rwandan parliament and other politicians who so request are also welcome to join the Caucus.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus


Issues dealt with by the caucus
- Women parliamentarians have contributed to the establishment of a legal and policy framework providing a clear mandate for gender equality in the Rwandan Parliament, helping to forge the national political will needed to pass the the 2003 Constitution and related legislation on the electoral process, gender-based violence, inheritance, labour, nationality and citizenship, access to reproductive healthcare, crime (including the Penal Code and the criminalization of rape during genocide) and the governance of political parties.
- Legislation on the rights of children, a Family Code, and gender mainstreaming in the national budget.
- Yes
- The number of women in Rwanda's parliament is high, with women accounting for 56.3% of all seats in the Chamber of Deputies and 38.5% of all seats in the Senate.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
The caucus has a communication plan

Contact information for the Committee

Chantal Mbakeshimana, Chairperson of RWPF
Speciose Nyiraneza, Coordinator of RWPF