Water for Growth Rwanda awards women champions

Water for Growth Rwanda joins the world to celebrate International Women’s day by awarding five women who have shown outstanding practices that promote Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

The awards handed over to the owners on 8th March 2018 in Muhanga District where local community, government officials and development partners gathered to celebrate the 2018 Women’s Day.

Under the international theme, “Time is now: Rural and Urban Activists transforming women’s lives,” Rwanda celebrates the women’s day in Muhanga District, Southern Province, with a national theme “Munyarwandakazi komeza umurava, twubake u Rwanda twifuza,” which translates as, “Rwandan women, continue pressing for progress as we build the Rwanda we want.”

The Water for Growth Rwanda awards are in line with the national initiative to promote women’s best performers in Technical and Vocational Education and Trainings (TVETs) and in their participation in other value chain segments, with emphasis being put on water (conservation, clean water supply and water productivity).

Awards went to Ingabire Providence, Mukandori Marita, Mukankwiro Vestine, Yankurije Drocelle and a women-led cooperative, Twihaze Bahinzi.

Among the items awarded, are irrigation water sprinklers, watering cans, water storage tanks, wheel barrows, and tool kits for plumbing, to facilitate work of the women champions.

Water for Growth Rwanda is a platform to promote improved management of Rwanda’s water resources. A joint Rwanda-Netherlands initiative, Water for Growth is led by the Rwanda Water and Forestry Authority (RWFA) through the Integrated Water Management Department, with the support of the Dutch-funded IWRM Programme Rwanda.

Water for Growth works in the four demonstration catchments of Muvumba, Nyabugogo, Sebeya and Upper Nyabarongo, where the programme implements activities that promote the IWRM approach.

The programme is implemented by Mott MacDonald (lead partner) with support from SNV and SHER. Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been adopted by the Government of Rwanda as its overall approach to water resources management.