LOWELL LECTURE 2018: Women Rising, Here and Abroad with Chantal Kayitesi


Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Emerson Hall 105, Harvard University, 25 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

When Rwandan women helped save their own country after the 1994 genocide, they created a model for lasting peace and security for the rest of the world.



  • Ambassador Swanee Hunt, author, founder of Inclusive Security, and Harvard Kennedy School lecturer
  • Chantal Kayitesi, cofounder of AVEGA-AGAHOZO and FORGES Inshuti and survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

About the Event

For the annual Lowell Lecture, Ambassador Swanee Hunt will share the story of how Rwandan women came together to help rescue their country after the 1994 genocide. Chantal Kayitesi will join Hunt in discussing Rwanda's lessons for other nations, including the United States.

Rwanda today ranks highest in the world in terms of women parliamentarians (more than 60 percent). Almost half the judges and president's cabinet are female. In a merely two-decade span, Rwanda has forged progressive health, education, gender equity, and environmental policies along an extraordinary path.

As chaos cracked open Rwandan culture, women surged into the breach. These new leaders overcame brutality, loss, and unending challenges to rebuild their society. Ambassador Hunt's newest book, Rwandan Women Rising (Duke University Press, 2017), is based on interviews with more than 90 women (and some men) who were key to the recovery after the apocalyptic 100 days of genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. 

The Lowell Lecture is free and open to the public.

We recommend arriving early, as seating is first-come, first-served.

ORGANIZER: Harvard Extension School

WEBSITE: https://www.extension.harvard.edu/inside-extension/women-rising-here-abroad