In the spring of 1994, the tiny African nation of Rwanda was ripped apart by a genocide that left nearly a million dead. After the violence subsided, Rwanda’s women—drawn by the necessity of protecting their families—carved out unlikely new roles for themselves, creating stability and reconciliation in devastation’s wake.
Today, Inclusive Security Founder and Chair Swanee Hunt is launching her new book, Rwandan Women Rising, published by Duke University Press. It tells the stories of more than 80 women who worked for peace after the genocide.
Here are eight of these extraordinary people. You can read their full stories (and dozens more) in Rwandan Women Rising.
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