That was back in 1994. Today, Rwanda finds itself with more women than men in the adult population, and the women are stepping up to lead. The male president, Paul Kagame, has made that an important part of his government is changing the way this very paternalistic, even misogynistic, and very tribal society includes women.
I'm of two minds about this. One of my favorite things about Sarah Palin is that she's a mother of five. In my experience, mothers don't have time to be idealogues. Pragmatism is the name of the game, even though Palin clearly has some ideas that she measures her decisions against. I believe that these Rwandan women love their children as much as I do, and they want a good future for their children (boys and girls) just like I do.
On the other hand, marginalizing the men, especially the young men and teenage boys, is tempting. Societies in which the young men see little to no path, to a family or a future, have traditionally become bellicose. I pray that President Tagame and the leadership there are inclusive, keeping opportunity wide open for anyone willing to work. It would be so easy to let that pendulum swing from the highly male-dominated (and female-oppressive) culture they are surrounded by (see what's happening in neighboring Congo) to a female-dominated (and male-oppressive) one. Wisdom and discretion will be necessary on all sides within this tiny country. I hope they have it.