95 Indian women living in Rwanda celebrated International Women’s Day on Saturday at the Zaaffran Indian Restaurant in Kigali.
The event, organized by Gayatri Chopali, included speeches and testimonies regarding daily life and challenges in Rwanda, as well as dancing, singing and a fashion show.
In her address, Chopali expressed gratitude to the Rwandan government for making Indians feel at home in the country, and commended efforts to empower women.
“Women are a strong pillar of society and there are many examples in Rwanda from which we can learn; the country that is now our home highly values the role of women in development,” she said.
Chopali emphasized this year’s Women’s Day theme, ‘Be bold for change,’ and challenged the women to stand up for equality.
As part of the Indian women’s activities to mark Women’s Day, they had already held a march the previous Saturday in Kigali.
More than 2400 Indians live in Rwanda.