Share This Profile
Share this profile on Facebook.
Link to this profile on LinkedIn.
Tweet this profile on Twitter.
Email a link to this profile.
See other services through which you can share this profile.
This profile was last updated on 7/28/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Ambassador Joy Mukanyange

Wrong Ambassador Joy Mukanyange?

Employment History

  • Inaugural President
    Rwanda Association of University Women
  • President Ambassador
    Rwanda Association of University Women
  • President
    Rwanda Association of University Women
  • Ambassador

  • 2007 - 2009 Council Member
    International Federation of University Women
  • Ambassador


  • literature and philosophy
    Makerere University
22 Total References
Web References
Rwanda Association of University Women - RAUW, 28 July 2011 [cached]
Ambassador Joy Mukanyange
Rwanda Association of University Women - RAUW, 1 Jan 2006 [cached]
Ambassador Joy Mukanyange Rwanda Association of University Women - RAUW
Rwanda Association of University Women
Ambassador Joy Mukanyange
"It was a very difficult period," Mukanyange says. "Very few people were willing to take Rwanda seriously. "So, I had to do a lot of political work to explain the situations, to actually assert Rwanda's sovereignty. I had to assert Rwanda's image as a country and a government able to face these problems and deal with them."
Mukanyange, the inaugural president of RAUW, was Rwanda's ambassador to Tanzania from 1996 to 1999, and ambassador to Kenya for the following three years. For nine years prior to the genocide she lived in the Netherlands working for an agricultural and development organization.
She returned to the country in July 1994. During her ambassadorship to Tanzania, she says, "the effects of genocide were still there - a lot.
Mukanyange, who was born in Rwanda in 1951, spoke at the Kigali home of RAUW founder Shirley Randell.
Ambassador Mukanyange has three children: a son, 22, who is studying in the United States; and two daughters, Alice, 21, who is taking a course in tourism in Kigali, and Faith, 20, a student at Makerere University in Uganda. Mukanyange lost her father, a minister with the Anglican Church, in 1960. In 1964 she, her mother and siblings went to Uganda with the help of Anglican missionaries based in Burundi. Instead of living in a refugee camp, like so many Rwandese exiles, her family was resettled in a mission in the center of Uganda, where Rwandese were few and far between. "My mother was a very strong woman. I didn't recognize that at the time, but in hindsight I know it. We were taught from a long time ago that only the best would be expected from us. There was really no question of us not going to school."
Later, Mukanyange studied literature and philosophy at Makerere University. During her tenure as president of RAUW - she was elected in 2006 -- she has made education for girls a top priority. Luckily for the current generation of Rwandese girls, she says, the opportunities are vastly superior than they were during Mukanyange's childhood. "The change has been enormous.
"Women are still very far behind in education and there are still problems," Mukanyange says.
The best schools are still boys' schools, Mukanyange says. "Even the best girls' schools don't teach science. The best university scholarships are given to science students, which keeps reducing the number of girls. It's going to take some time and determination to actually change."
And yet, Ambassador Mukanyange sees progress, and hopes to encourage the tide of social change through RAUW programs.
When Mukanyange was a child, there were no women in leadership positions in Rwanda.
Rwanda Association of University Women - RAUW, 16 Mar 2008 [cached]
RAUW President Ambassador Joy Mukanyange and SG Dr Shirley Randell received a great welcome with dancing and singing when they visited the workshops. Mukanyange said that the following gender concerns that participants wanted to address were all goals within their reach and conform with RAUW's mission of empowering women and girls through lifelong education for leadership, decision-making and peace:
Rwanda Association of University Women - RAUW, 16 Jan 2008 [cached]
According to the President of RAUW, Ambassador Joy Mukanyange, promotion is not the primary intent of the program but mentoring can also be directly linked to career success because of its emphasis on making a person feel valued and confident, and offering them a unique measure of personal support.
- Ambassador Joy Mukanyange, ..., 4 July 2010 [cached]
- Ambassador Joy Mukanyange, a former Ambassador to Rwanda

Other People with the name "Mukanyange":
Accelerate your business with the industry's most comprehensive profiles on business people and companies.
Find business contacts by city, industry and title. Our B2B directory has just-verified and in-depth profiles, plus the market's top tools for searching, targeting and tracking.
Atlanta | Boston | Chicago | Houston | Los Angeles | New York
Browse ZoomInfo's business people directory. Our professional profiles include verified contact information, biography, work history, affiliations and more.
Browse ZoomInfo's company directory. Our company profiles include corporate background information, detailed descriptions, and links to comprehensive employee profiles with verified contact information.