The Genocide Of The Rwandan Genocide Essay

1934 Words Sep 18th, 2016 8 Pages
INTRODUCTION The post-genocide period in Rwanda was filled with trauma, instability and wreckage that manifested in physical, emotional, and psychological form. Although, this tragedy offered Rwanda an opportunity to transition and reform, one Rwandan women benefited from. After the genocide, there was a stark and astounding increase in the number of women in Rwanda’s new government. Currently, Rwanda is the number one country in the world with the largest percentage of female politicians in its parliament. How did Rwanda go from political instability to being the number one country in regarding to gender representation? To explore this idea, I will review Rwanda’s history leading up to the genocide. After, I will focus in on the political aftermath of the Rwandan genocide, specifically looking into how women played a role in this transitory period.
THE RWANDAN GENOCIDE The Rwandan genocide was the result of heightened ethnic, political, and social tension between the Hutus and the Tutsis, the largest ethnic groups in Rwanda. In the work, The Media and Rwanda Genocide, Gerald Caplan relays the history of this ethnic tension in the chapter, “Rwanda: Walk the Road to Genocide.” The Rwandan genocide was comprised of many other complex factors and contributors. Caplan begins the chapter declaring these factors date back to the 1800s, before Rwanda was independent. During the colonial era, the ethnic groups were the Hutus and Tutsis were created by Roman-Catholic…

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