Policy Brief:Promoting Children’s Welfare: Legislative Strategies

Authored by: Jessica Gomez

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Human Development, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Country: Rwanda
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2012
Citation: Gomez, Jessica. Policy Brief: Promoting Children’s Welfare: Legislative Strategies. Washington, DC: Inclusive Security, 2012. Accessed January 30, 2017.

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This policy brief is part of a series derived from a three-year field program on the role of women in Rwanda.
More broadly, these briefs provide policymakers, donors, and program planners with strategies for
consolidation of democracy in post-conflict societies.
Children are often the segment of the population most affected by poverty, food insecurity, and the lack of health
and social services that characterize post-conflict countries. Women’s leadership, however, can improve children’s
lives. When women achieve a critical mass in legislatures and local government, they prioritize investment in
children’s welfare.