Cindy McCain: 'Look to the Women'

In healing, Rwanda can set an example for the rest of the world
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2008 11:51 AM CDT
A woman in the ante-natal clinic of the Nkombo Health Centre on Nkombo Island in Rwanda hands round the cards that every person has to have to ensure continuing free health care.   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – 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.”