Rwanda – Canada : Grand Opening of the Prize Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza

Mar 15th, 2011 at 18:36 | By | Category: News
Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Prize for Democracy and Peace

Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Prize for Democracy and Peace

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the International Women’s Day, a prize named “Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza for Democracy and Peace” was inaugurated on Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Montreal , Canada by the International Network of Women for Democracy and Peace (IWNDP, aslo known by its French acronym, RifDP).

The trophy was presented at an evening “family function” especially organized for the occasion by the Canada branch of the network which brought together around ninety people, Canadians but also and mostly members of the Rwandan communities in Montreal and Ottawa , all generations included.

Upon introductory merry entertaining board games for children and adults, participants were invited to participate in a “match-making” which consists of inviting strangers to come together in pairs in order to get acquainted.

Following such moments of fun, the coordinator of the Canada section of IWNDP, Madame Perpetua Muramutse, came to the point of the gathering: “we’re  gathering around our struggle for democracy and peace” and added that in this context “it is unthinkable to forget Victoire Ingabire who returned to Rwanda to lead this struggle and  now is imprisoned there.”

One after another, six women presented an overview of Victoire Ingabire’s achievements.

It was a real warm tribute to which the public assisted with two words in shading of each intervention: the courage of Victoire Ingabire and her sense of leadership.

Mrs Philomène Nishyirembere and Mrs Perpétue Muramutse respectively secretary et coordinator of the canadian section of IWNDP

Mrs Philomène Nishyirembere and Mrs Perpétue Muramutse respectively secretary et coordinator of the canadian section of IWNDP

Ms. Muramutse concluded this vibrant tribute: “it is with regard to these strong achievements that we felt that Victoire Ingabire deserved an award in her honor” she said, before revealing the trophy with loud applause from the public.

“From now on, this award will honor each year everyone who will thrive as part of the struggle for democracy and peace in Africa” ​​she said, before announcing the imminent setting up of a jury.

The gathering continued with the theme “Women in Quebec and leadership” with the speeches from two women, one who is entrepreneur, and another one who is responsible for an organization that specializes in integration of migrants. The two women shared their experiences at the meeting.

It is in the emotion that the day ended with the theme “Tribute to Women of the challenges of our community.”

Many women, mostly widows from the atrocities committed in the African Great Lakes Region, received public praise from their children.

Indeed, that was the centenary celebration of the International Women’s day that nobody is ought to forget.

Transalated by Amani Tuyishime
Original  french version by Ruhumuza Mbonyumutwa

Below is the interview of Victoire Ingabire’s daughter with JNTV

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7 Comments to “Rwanda – Canada : Grand Opening of the Prize Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza”

  1. Chance Kwizera says:

    Thank you Jambo News for the good job of keeping us updated.

    Why don’t you have many interesting posts like in the french version.

    Victoire for Victory, Ingabire for Protecter and Umuhoza for Comforter.


  2. Ruhumuza Mbonyumutwa says:

    Dear Chance,

    Thank you for your comment.

    We don’t have many posts in english yet because of the lake of Human ressources.

    But it’s a goal to be achieved very soon. We’re struggling to find english speakers writers to join us, in order to keep our english speakers readers updated.

    I hope we’ll do it, but I’m confident, we will.



  3. gaju says:

    Okey! it’s good that the lady has got the prize though in jail.
    but the other ladies who gave it are just friends of her who maybe miss her
    and want other people to remember she is in jail.
    I do not think Victoire deserves the Prize, she has not fought for democracy
    she has just fought for Genocide of Hutu’s memory center.



    • Kamali says:

      Gaju, you accused Ingabire as the white accused Mandela whwn he was in prison but next time she will become the Afrinan woman hero icon


  4. casey says:

    Thanks for this Jambonews.

    In the English-speaking world, there is growing awareness each day of the injustice of the Kagame regime.

    May Victoire Ingabire and the movement behind her persevere and achieve.


  5. Rujo Lu says:

    Prize is a prize! Nobody can’t say the opposite.
    But why a such prize to Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza now?
    And every prize is given after evaluation made by Authorized Board!
    Nobody cannot decide to give any price without some procedures.
    Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza got that kind of Prize from a family group, that sound be right.
    Anyway, I’ll keep a eye on what is going on around the planet.
    Any comment is welcome!


  6. sminaone says:

    Please people, don’t hate just for hating.
    At least have a good reason to do so. Victoire Ingabire isn’t fighting for democracy? Last time I checked she was in jail. And yes she spoke up about how Hutu, many Hutus died and nobody seems to care, specially the rwandan governement. What is democracy any way? If there is no free speech , there is no democracy.
    The prize was well deserved , hope she will ge many more


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