Rwanda: Interagency Gender Assessment of Refugee Camps (2017)

No. of pages: 108

Publication date: 2017

Author: Ayoo Osen Odicoh

Publisher: UNHCR, MIDIMAR, UN WOMEN

Rwanda has made tremendous achievements in closing gender gaps in the areas of economic, health, education and political advancement when compared with 144 countries in the Global Economic Gender Gap Report. This report looks at how women in Rwandan refugee camps fare in comparison to men in the economic, health, educational and political spheres.

An inter-agency gender assessment of the six refugee camps in Rwanda was launched in April 2016. The aim of the assessment was to provide a sound gender baseline that will inform gender equality programming in policy and operational decisions of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDIMAR), UNHCR, UN agencies, governmental institutions and non-governmental partners.

The 2016 assessment came as a result of a 2015 gender assessment of the Mahama refugee camp, which was conducted by UN Women and UNHCR in collaboration with the MIDIMAR, the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion and Gender Monitoring Office. One of the outcomes of the assessment in Mahama was a recommendation by the Honourable Minister of MIDIMAR, Hon. Seraphine Mukantabana, that a similar exercise be conducted in all camps hosting Congolese refugees in Rwanda, which led to the 2016 assessment.

The aim of the assessment was to provide a sound gender baseline that will inform gender equality Programming in Policy and Operational decisions. This report contains findings and recommendations of the assessment.