I n the traditional Rwanda, there are professions women would not dream of even attending and one of those is becoming butchers.
For women to kill and butcher animals is still an abomination to most of Rwandans however, women of Nyanza district say this is another way of earning money.
The women butchers in Nyanza district have joined male fellows and formed ‘Umuhore’ cooperative that does butchery operating in Nyanza cell in Busasamana sector.
Anastase Ndahimana the president of ‘Umuhore’ Cooperative says women in this cooperative do their role as required and being females does not limit their capacities. “Women members are in this cooperative on their free will, they have rights on the cooperatives just like their males counterparts.”
Charlotte Mukanyangezi has been in butchery for over 10 years and she is a member of the butchers’ cooperative in Nyanza district, she says butchery is business like any other and it has nothing to do with one’s gender.
“I have been doing this kind of job for a long time, it has nothing to do with me being a woman, I respect it because it provides for my family” she says.
She is aware that this kind of work is considered a thing for men but that does not stop her from doing it. She says women need to develop confidence and learn to work instead of being tied around gender biases.