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Aloisea Inyumba: Mother of New Rwanda

Nkiru Nzegwu


Aloisea Inyumba, a Senator in the Parliament of Rwanda, played a critical role in the post-genocide era in the formation of a new Rwanda. In her capacity as Minister of Family, Gender, and Social Affairs, Commissioner and Executive Secretary of the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission, and Governor of Kigali province, she organized and supervised national dialogues to promote reconciliation between Hutu and Tutsi in post-genocide Rwanda. Using the concept of Mothers, this essay examines her work in the context of her role as Public Mother and mother of the nation.


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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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