Hope Tumukunde, a former African Public Service Fellow at NYU Wagner, Describes Global Program to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Hope Tumukunde, a recent African Public Service Fellow at NYU Wagner, is working on an initiative in Kigali City, Rwanda to end violence against women and girls.

A city of nearly 1 million people and the capital of Rwanda, Kingali was one of five pilot cities included in the “Safe Cities Free of Violence Against Women and Girls Global Programme" sponsored by UN Women and other partners and launched in 2010. Ms. Tumukunde is Deputy Mayor of Kingali.

In a recent interview, she shared some of her experiences from the Kigali City Initiative.

Ms. Tumukunde graduated in 2008 from Wagner (MPA, International Policy and Management). Based in good measure on her oustanding academic standing and professional stature, she was selected to be the guest speaker at the school's Convocation ceremonies that May.

Before attending Wagner as a Fellow, Ms. Tumukunde served as the Governor of Butare province in southern Rwanda, and as Governor of the Kigali Ngali province. She also worked as an employee of the government of Rwanda.

Immediately after completing her Wagner degree, she returned to her native Rwanda  and served there as Commissioner at the Rwanda National Human Rights Commission.