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Wednesday, August 30 at 7 p.m. in Skylight Gallery, OUMA

Anne Gahongayire lecture, “Rebuilding the Judicial System in Post-Genocide Rwanda”

Anne Gahongayire currently serves as External Relations and Partnership Development Officer with The Grandmother Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes the rights and wellbeing of women and children in developing countries. Most recently Anne served as adjunct faculty and scholar in residence at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, giving lectures on a variety of topics including leadership, women’s rights and peace building; offering support to Oglethorpe University’s global education program and to the Oglethorpe Women’s Network; and facilitates collaboration between the university and civil and human rights institutions.

Ms. Gahongayire has a background of more than 17 years in the management of governmental and non-governmental institutions; most positions held during the critical reconstruction period following the catastrophic genocide in Rwanda in 1994. She served as secretary general of supreme court of Rwanda from 2005 to 2014; secretary general of the ministry of gender and family from 2002 to 2005 and before then she worked for five years with Forum for African Women Educationalist, a pan-African non- governmental organization that advocates for education of girls and women on the African continent.

She is a champion of public policy on girls’ education, women’s rights and the protection of vulnerable populations. She has been instrumental in shaping the gender policy in Rwanda, which has brought about major improvements in women’s livelihoods and their participation in national development. Ms. Gahongayire possesses extensive experience in peace building, as well as in facilitating effective partnerships. Has served on boards and volunteered with many women’s rights organizations and schools.

Ms. Gahongayire received her MBA from Maastricht School of Management in 2011 and has a Bachelor of Science degree from Makerere University in Uganda, with two majors in Psychology and Zoology and a minor in Mathematics. Anne is a single mother of one beautiful daughter, Portia Mitima who graduated from Oglethorpe University in May 2016.

Free for OUMA Members or with a Petrel Pass. General admission: $5.