Rwanda Women Leadership Institute

The Rwanda Women Leadership Institute (RWLI) is a project of the Rwanda Women’s Network in collaboration with the African Centers of Excellence for Women’s Leadership (ACE). ACE is affiliated to the US based International Institute of Education, and has similar collaborative projects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda.

Established in September 2012, the RWLI aims to expand and improve delivery of new skills and tools for women’s effective leadership; provide a space for sharing experiences and for networking to mobilize women for change; and offer state-of-the-art leadership training for the empowerment of young Rwandan women. The project also aims to benefit established women leaders who need to strengthen their leadership skills and knowledge for better outcomes in girls’ education, women’s economic empowerment and family planning; and groups of young women who learn new skills to help them exercise leadership in a qualitatively different way using the RWLI training.


The following case-study stories were have previously been published in the blog of the African Centers of Excellence for Women’s Leadership (ACE).

Empowering Laurance

A story about how a Rwandan woman was empowered to become a community leader and source of inspiration for her peers  


Barefoot Solar Engineers

It is not everyday one finds women electricians in Africa, let alone rural women with basic literacy skills.
The health dividend while preventing climate change one village woman at a time
Genevieve Nyirabagabe from Gatsibo District in Eastern Province dreads the cost of cooking fuel.

Perepetu: The role of community theatre in women’s leadership at the grassroots