Celebration International Women's Day in the Netherlands
Program for women’s day celebration on 15/03/2014:
16.00- 16.30: Arrival of guests
16.35- 16.45: speech by Ishema chairperson
16.45- 17.00: Rwandan traditional dance
17.00- 17.30: Presentation on integration of Rwandan women in the Netherlands
17.30- 18.00: Debates in groups
18.00- 18.30: Performance by Kuzola group
18.30- 18.45: Mode show
18.45- 19.00: Speech by Embassy representative
19.00- 20.30: Dinner
20.30- 0.00: Musical entertainment plus dances
0.00 – 0.30: Closing
Venue: Kabul Cuisine, Tussenweg 39-4, 2132 CS Hoofdorp
Kwibuka20: commemoration in the Netherlands started on 14 February with a launch event in The Hague
On 14 February the launch event was held in The Hague at the Church of Our Saviour, led by Father Sjaak de Boer and attended by many Rwandan compatriots, Dutch government officials, Ambassadors, members of the Rwandan community in the Netherlands and Friends of Rwanda. The service started with a ceremony to enlighten candles, followed by a variety of impressive speeches by Ambassador J.P. Karabaranga (ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the Netherlands), Josephine (genocide survivor), Dr. J. P. Dusingizemungu (Ibuka Rwanda representative), Christian Mundele (Ibuka Netherlands representative) and by Jan Pronk, who was the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation from 1989 to 1998.
Photos available on the Flickr-page of the Embassy: click here.
On the YouTube-channel of the Embassy you'll find the movie of the launch event on 14 February 2014 and also the film that introduces the themes of Kwibuka20, 'Remember, Unite, Renew', that was shown during the launch event. Click here to go the YouTube-channel of the Embassy.
Kwibuka20 launch on 14 February - Speeches Ambassador Karabaranga and Jan Pronk available for download
Rwanda marked Heroes Day for the 20th time at the National Heroes Mausoleum in Kigali. Across the country, Rwandans met in their villages to reflect on the contributions of national heroes as well discussions around this year’s theme, Ndi Umunyarwanda: Essence of Heroism.
President Paul Kagame laid a wreath in memoriam of all heroes, followed by the representative of the Diplomatic Corps, Uganda Ambassador to Rwanda, Richard Kabonero.
Speaking on the importance of this day, Kamali Karegesa, Executive Secretary of Chancellery for Heroes, National Orders and Decoration said remembering our national heroes inspired Rwandans to espouse similar values.
"It is important to honour our heroes, those who put the lives of others above their own. They showed us that one must put being Rwandan above everything else, and be ready to even lay down your life for the ideal," said Mr. Karegesa.
Rwanda’s heroes include Major General Fred Gisa Rwigema and the ‘Unknown Soldier’. They represent all the soldiers who gave their lives during the liberation struggle of 1990-1994. Both rest in the Imanzi category.
Those in the second category, Imena, include King Mutara III Rudahigwa, Michel Rwagasana, Agathe Uwiringiyimana, Felicite Niyitegeka and the Nyange students. On the night of 18 March, 1997, three years after the genocide had been stopped, the remnants of the perpetrators of the genocide, then known by their local name Abacengenzi, attacked the Nyange school, killing innocent students indiscriminately after they refused to separate into Hutu and Tutsi. Had they separated, the Tutsi students would have been killed.
The students stood together and boldly told the attackers that they were all Rwandans and none of them deserved to die. The attackers threw grenades and shot the students with six dying. "As we remember these theories, we must reflect on their example, especially young people, and think on how we can contribute to building the Rwandan spirit," Karegesa said.