On 12 April, UN Women, the Embassy of Rwanda and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark hosted a commemoration of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. This year marks the 25th anniversary since the genocide and represents therefore an important opportunity for self-reflection and dialogue on how we can reaffirm the commitment to the ‘Never Again’ vow that the international community made after the genocide in Rwanda.
Genocide survivor, Ms. Beatha Uwazaninka, gave her testimony to the participants that attended the commemoration. She was followed by speeches by Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E. Christine Nkulikiyinka and Ambassador Ms. Lisbet Zilmer-Johns, Under Secretary for Global Politics and Security at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. To end the ceremony Ms. Beatha Uwazaninka lit candles and one minute of silence was held.
In the second part of the commemoration panellists Ms. Lisbeth Pilegaard, Member of the Nordic Women Mediators (NWM), Ambassador Ms. Lisbet Zilmer-Johns, Under Secretary for Global Politics and Security at the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Tom Ndahiro, Founding Member of Inter-Disciplinary Genocide Studies Centre discussed how gender is related to genocide and where we are 25 years after the genocide in Rwanda.