Celebratory anniversary celebration in Bujumbura

You can see three women sitting on a panel. A moderator moderates the panel.

Godelieve Manirakiza, Association des Femmes Repatriées du Burundi, Salomée Ndayishimiye, Radio Indindi Culture, and Grace Fleur Francine Uwitonze, Association des Scouts du Burundi discuss the promotion of rural women. Diane Ndonse, Association des Femmes Journalistes du Burundi, moderated (© SEZ).

On March 21, 2024, the anniversary of the AMAHORO! State partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi celebrated in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Already Baden-Württemberg and Burundi have had friendly relations for over forty years and the partnership agreement was signed exactly ten years ago signed by the two regions.

On the occasion of the month of March, which is dedicated to women's rights, the event was themed “Promoting rural women for sustainable development” and, with its inspiring speakers, provided impulses as far away as Baden-Württemberg. The Burundian social entrepreneur, Ange Muyubira, gave suggestions for sustainable support options for rural women in Burundi. Her organization, Kaz'O'zah (Kirundi for “bright future”) brings financial education and entrepreneurship to women.

The inspiring speaker emphasized the importance of investments and the simultaneous imparting of financial knowledge and entrepreneurial skills. According to Ange Muyubira, rural women in Burundi can invest their own money and ultimately lead an independent life.

Ange Muyubira's impulses were followed by an exciting panel discussion with Godelieve Manirakiza, Association des Femmes Repatriées du Burundi, Salomée Ndayishimiye, Radio Indundi Culture, Grace Fleur Francine Uwitonze, Association des Scouts du Burundi and Ange Muyubira. Moderated by Diane Ndonse, Association des Femmes Journalistes du Burundi. The discussion on the topic of “Promoting rural women for sustainable development” led to a lively discussion among the participants.

The Amahoro! State partnership and feminist foreign policy

In his welcome, Philipp Keil, the Executive Board of the Baden-Württemberg Development Cooperation Foundation (SEZ), which coordinates the AMAHORO! State partnership is anchored, the importance of long-term partnership is emphasized.

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Burundi, Mr. Carsten Hölscher, who took office in Bujumbura in August 2023, pointed out Germany's feminist foreign policy in his speech. By mainstreaming feminism, topics such as gender equality and the empowerment of women are finding their way into German foreign and development policy.

The first anniversary celebration of AMAHORO! The state partnership between Baden-Württemberg and Burundi was a celebratory start to the anniversary year.

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