Cindy McCain’s recent voyage to Rwanda stirred up memories of her last visit, in 1994. The campaign of genocide then ravaging the country has ended, and Rwanda's recovery is a model for the rest of the world, the would-be first lady writes in the Wall Street Journal. Women own 41% of the country’s businesses and hold nearly half the seats in parliament.
“If wealthy nations want their assistance programs to be effective, they should look to the women who form the backbone of every society,” McCain writes. “With some education, training, basic rights, and empowerment, women will transform a society—and the world.”