VICTOIRE INGABIRE AND THE REVOLUTION OF THE AFRICAN WOMAN By Rosa Estaràs

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Rosa Estaràs

Any social revolution requires leaders who are capable of withstanding the weight of the responsibility they assume with the determination they find in knowing that their struggle is fair and will transcend them, to improve the lives of many.
Victoire Ingabire, a Rwandan opposition leader, brave and committed, has for years been suffering the consequences of having attempted to establish the Rule of Law in her country. As a result, she was detained and incarcerated in a process with no guarantees and fraught with irregularities.
Not long ago, I received in Mallorca the visit of a delegation of the International Women’s Network for Democracy and Peace (RifDP) which denounced the incarceration of Ingabire and created the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Award for Democracy and Peace as a recognition of her courage and leadership when resolving conflicts peacefully and democratically.
From our Europe of liberty and development, I intend to help these women by spreading their cause. And from the seat that the Balearic Islands have given me in the European Parliament, by fostering that European institutions force countries such as Rwanda to abandon their practices that are contrary to the fundamental rights and democracy. For a fairer world, I make it my issue; our issue; the struggle of Ingabire and the RifDP.

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