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Learning to Choose Courage:   Suzanne Sinegal McGill

In celebration of International Women's Day, we are thrilled to highlight one of the amazing and inspiring women who co-founded Rwanda Girls

Initiative and Gashora Girls Academy, Suzanne (Soozi) Sinegal McGill.  Soozi is a dedicated and inspiring voice advocating for girls education and women's empowerment in Rwanda and around the world.  

Below is the speech that Soozi gave at the Women of the World Breakfast this year.  We hope that her story of overcoming fear will inspires you to step out of your comfort zone and inspire others.

"Not only can we, as women of the world, be inspired, but we can also be the on

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Alumnae Profile:  A Passion for Agriculture

My name is Vanessa Giramata, I am a junior at Washington State University, studying Agricultural Economics. Growing up, my dad worked for an international company that worked with local farmers of rice.  This was my first introduction to agriculture.  I, like most people, especially back home, once believed that agriculture simply meant cultivating and harvesting crops for food. But through my dad, and his work, I learned it was much more than that.  My curiosity grew as I wanted to know how our agriculture sector works.

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Trust the Process

On November 2 friends of Rwanda Girls Initiative gathered at the Four Seasons to celebrate The Power of Courage.  It was an inspirational evening where guests heard from an alumnae studying at the University of Rwanda, to a current Gashora Girls Academy student.  They also heard from Darina, a sophomore at Princeton University, and GGAST 2105 graduate.  We want to take this opportunity to share with you her inspirational words!

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International Day of the Girl

Gender inequalities in homes and communities every day, hinder girls from reaching their full potential.  On International Day of the Girl, we stand with the world community in recognizing the need to accelerate progress and opportunities for girls around the world.

Of the 1 billion young people-including 600 million adolescent girls-that will enter the workforce in the next 10 years, more than 90% of those living in developing countries will work in the informal sector, where low or no pay, abuse and exploitation are common.  

Rwanda Girls Initiative (RGI) mission is to educate and empower girls of Rwanda to reach their highest potential.  This is made possible by our many donors and partners who provide scholarships to 98% of our students. As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) school, our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation has nurtured students to become leaders in the country in academic and entrepreneurial achievements that will help transform the nation, and continent by developing the next generation of scientists, social entrepreneurs, advocates and thought leaders who will bring new insights and solutions to the biggest global challenges we face.

On International Day of the Girl we are thrilled to share an essay by our alumna, Rusa Divine, and her passion to fight for Women's Rights. 

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