We’re really proud of the great work of our Girl Clubs in Canada. Did you know that we support girl clubs in the countries where we work, too?
Last week we met Katherine Nichol, a Canadian woman working with Plan in Rwanda in support of Because I am a Girl. Part of Katherine’s work is meeting with “Terimbere mwari w’ u Rwanda”, which means “Young Rwandan Girls for Development”.
In order to help our Canadian Girl Club members build a connection with their Rwandan counterparts, they recently sent five questions to Katherine, to pass along to girls there.
Here is a selection of their answers! You can see that just like girls here, girls in Rwanda all have their own personal experiences and perspectives.
1. What makes you happy?
Claire: The fact that I got a chance to study.
Fortunee: Helping others.
Emelyne: Playing basketball and football.
Chadia: Listening to music and chatting with friends.
Alice: Reading romantic novels.
Vestine: Acting in theatre plays.
2. Who is the most influential person in your life?
Joy: My mom, she is patient and was a very serious girl
Peninah: The Rwandan First Lady (Jeanette Kagame) due to her efforts to improve the lives of girls and women
Solange: My mother and my close friend Peninah due to her advice and guidance
3. What does the international day for the girl mean to you?
Fillette: Many people assume that Rwandan girls don’t have full rights and freedom of speech and expression. The world should know that this is false.
Lillian: It is a good opportunity to let the world know that girls in Rwanda have the same rights and opportunities as boys.
Josiane: It will help girls to open up as they will feel that they are supported
Jane: It will increase awareness amongst people. Even those who are not informed, they will be eager to know what is going around
Hadidja: Boys who used to deny our rights will get to know that we are respected
Anne Fanny: if someone wants to congratulate you in Kinyarwada, he/she says “ubaye umugabo” to mean “you are a man now” regardless of your gender. After this day we hope that in expressing congratulations people will say “ubaye umugore” to mean “you are a woman”
Libellee: it will boost our confidence as it will be proof that us girls are supported by a wide range of people in different levels.
Zibola: Boys will understand that girls have value.
4. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Diane: A doctor
Francoise: A soldier with a major general grade
Hadidja: A business woman, doing import and exports
Emelyne: “I will be a soldier because I love my country”
Jeannette: A police woman or a soldier
Devota: Advertising in telecommunition companies like MTN
Marcelline: Bank manager
Venantie: Business woman
Immaculee: Minister of Education
Fillette: Lawyer or a professional basketball player
Diane. U: President of Rwanda
5. How do you want to celebrate the International Day of the Girl?
Josiane: If we could be gathered in one area or have a special guests to visit us as we will still be at school
Fillette: If one girl from Canada could come and we share experiences. Why not a girl from Rwanda goes to meet girls from Canada?
6. What do you like to do for fun?
Queen: I revise lessons, visit friends and help my parents with house chores
Fifi: I join youth clubs to act in theatre plays and play different games
Bibiane: I go to church
Cecile: I go to sing in a choir and help parents
Carine: I teach younger kids in Sunday school
Zibola: I weave baskets and make earrings
Iribagiza: I visit orphans with my basketball team
Hadidja: I participate in club competitions as I am in the Unity and Reconciliation club
What would YOU like to ask girls in Rwanda about their lives?