HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE MINISTRY
The Ministry in charge of Family and Women Promotion (MIFAPROFE) was set up from 1992.
Since 1994,The Government of Rwanda has demonstrated strong commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. This commitment has been reflected among other things in the setting up, of the necessary institutional machinery to manage gender programs in the country.The nature and focus of the Ministry responsible for gender, family and children has evolved over time to reflect the existing challenges and priorities in the Rwandan Society.
In 1994 the Government of Rwanda set up a Ministry in charge of Family and Women Promotion (MIFAPROFE) to address the enormous challenges created by the consequences of the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
In 1997 The Ministry was assigned an additional portfolio of managing social affairs to become the Ministry of Gender,Family and Social Affairs (MIGEFASO) with a special focus on rehabilitation and emerging post conflict issues.
In 1999, the Ministry of Gender and Women Promotion (MIGEPROFE) was set up to focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a special focus on mainstreaming gender in different institutions, particularly Government ministries.
In 2005, The Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion was placed under the Prime Minister’s Office with the mission on gender equality ,family promotion and child protection .
Since 2013 The Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion was granted autonomy
Ministers who led MIGEPROF since 1992
Honorable Nyiramasuhuko pauline :1992-1994
Honorable Inyumba Aloysia:1994-1999
Honorable Muganza Angelina: 1999-2002
Honorable Mukantabana Marie: 2002-2003
Honorable Nyirahabineza Valerie: 2003-2008
Honorable Mujawamariya Jeanne d’Arc:2008-2011
Honorable Inyumba Aloysia:2011-2012
Honorable Gasinzigwa Oda: 2013-March 2016
Honorable Dr. Diane Gashumba: March 2016-September 2016
Honorable Nyirasafari Espérance: September 2016 to date