The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) convened the community of female Parliamentarians from 51 countries at the Parliament of the Republic of Rwanda for its WIP Summer Summit 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda from 1 to 3 July 2014.
The event was held in cooperation with the Parliament of Rwanda, which for the first time in its history opened its plenary for a conference of a group of international Parliamentarians. More than 200 female MPs addressed issues of peace, security, the post-2015 agenda and the impact of Constitutions during the meeting.
On Friday, 4 July 2014, the day after the WIP Summer Summit, some of the participants took part in the official celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Liberation Day of Rwanda.
20 years after the Tutsi genocide, Rwandan society has experienced an extraordinary process of state building. One of the important measures taken to reunite society was female empowerment, particularly in politics, “ensuring that women are granted at least thirty per cent of posts in decision making organs” (Article 9.4, Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda). As a result, 64% of Parliamentarians in Rwanda are women. Since the election of 2008, Rwanda is the first country to have a majority of women in its Parliament.
The WIP Summer Summit 2014 gave participants first hand insights into Rwandan society, built on the values of gender equality and female social, economic and political empowerment. Participants met with Ministers, MPs, business women and men, academics and societal stakeholders.
Field Visits organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Gender of Rwanda and international Organisations such as the World Bank, UNDP and UN Women, and Partners of WIP gave participants first hand insights about the impact of a high percentage of women in Parliament on society.
Parliament of the Republic of Rwanda: Boulevard de l’Umuganda, Kigali, Rwanda
Phone: (+250) 0252594620
Several block bookings for participants have been made for hotel rooms at premier hotels conveniently located in Kigali.
As the deadlines for the room bookings have passed, please email all reservation requests by 20 June 2014, 18:00 CET to:
Ms Hope KAYIBANDA
Director Protocol, Parliament of Rwanda
Tel: +250 788504714
The conditions are as follows.
Gorillas Golf Hotel : 68 ROOMS GUARANTEED UNTIL 13 JUNE
Nyarutarama, Kigali, Rwanda
Tel: +250 788 17 40 00
Mille Collines Hotel : 60 ROOMS GUARANTEED UNTIL 6 JUNE
2 KN 6th Avenue, P.O. Box 1322, Kiyovu, Kigali, Rwanda
Tel : +250 252 576 530 / Fax: +250 252 576 541
Serena Hotel : 10 rooms
Boulevard de la Revolution, Kigali 250, Rwanda
Tel: +250 788 184500 / Tel: +250 252 597100 / Fax: +250 252 597101
Please note that the availability of hotels is very limited due to the high demand for the festivities around the Liberation Day of Rwanda. In order to guarantee a hotel room, we advise you to make your reservations as soon as you can, and in any case before the expiry dates (6 June at the Milles Collines Hotel and 13 June at the Gorilla Golf Hotel).
There are two ways how to book your hotel room:
1) It would be best to get in touch with the hotels directly, stating that you are a ‘WIP Delegate‘. You will then get access to rooms at the best prices.
2) Get in touch with our contact person for hotels at the Parliament of Rwanda:
Ms Hope KAYIBANDA
Tel: +250 788504714
Star Alliance is the official carrier of the WIP Summer Summit in Rwanda and offers special fares for participants.
Special offer: Discounted travel with Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines.
Brussels Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines and Swiss International Airlines offer a comprehensive combined global route network linking major cities around the world. As an airline partner, Lufthansa Group offers special prices and conditions to participants, visitors, exhibitors, invited guests as well as employees of the Contracting partner and their travel companion.
To make a reservation, please click on www.lufthansa.com/event-booking_en and enter the access code BEZEPGQ in the “Access to Your Special Lufthansa Offer” area. This will open an online booking platform that will automatically calculate the discount offered or provide you with an even better offer if another promotional fare is available.
NOTE: Pop-ups must be enabled otherwise the booking platform window will not open.
Participants can use the invitation they received to participate in the WIP Summer Summit as an official invitation accompanying the Visa request. If you need further written documentation facilitating your visa application please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with a separate invitation letter in PDF.
TRANSPORT IN KIGALI
The Parliament of Rwanda will ensure transport of all participants to and from the Kigali International Airport to the hotels, as well as during all official parts of the WIP Summer Summit.
Please let us know your flight details and the choice of your hotel as soon as possible, so as to allow us to organise your transfer from the Kigali International Airport to your hotel.
Interpretation in English, French and Spanish will be provided throughout the Plenary Sessions of the WIP Summer Summit.
Please be aware that the temperature in Kigali at the beginning of July is usually between 20ºC and 30ºC.
The currency in Rwanda is Rwandan Francs (RWF).
1 USD exchanges into approximately 675 RWF.
1 EUR exchanges into approximately 926 RWF.
In the framework of WIP Summer Summit 2014 in Rwanda to be held in cooperation with the Parliament of Rwanda from 1-4 July 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda, Field Visits have been organized to provide participants with first hand insights into local projects exemplary for gender equality and women’s empowerment in business, society, etc.
Such on-site visits should break with gender-stereotypes, showcase extraordinary achievements and provide inspirations for participants to foster similar initiatives in their home countries.