While the news of the Rwandan genocide has reached all across the globe, many are unaware of the role women played in the nation’s recovery process. In her fourth book, Rwandan Women Rising, Swanee Hunt weaves together interviews with more than 90 women and men —heralded activists and unsung heroes alike—who overcame unfathomable brutality, unrecoverable loss, and unending challenges to rebuild Rwandan society. Their stories, told in their own words, demonstrate that the best way to reduce suffering and protect against conflicts is to elevate the status of women throughout the world.
Swanee Hunt is the founder and chair of Inclusive Security, a non-profit based in Washington D.C. whose goal is to transform decision-making about war and peace. She started her work in this area as the US Ambassador to Austria from 1993 to 1997, when she hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. Now at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Hunt is Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy, founder of the Women and Public Policy Program, core faculty at the Center for Public Leadership, and senior adviser to the working group on modern-day slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights. She holds two master’s degrees, a doctorate in theology, and seven honorary degrees.