Student Pride: Finding Strength

Meera BhardwajRwanda may be one of the last countries where Americans might expect to find good news. But 15 years after the 100-day genocide where Rwandan Hutus killed an estimated 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus, a noteworthy amount of healing and progress has taken place.

Senior English major Meera Bhardwaj of Becker, Minn., traveled to Rwanda with Gerise Herndon, director of Nebraska Wesleyan’s Gender Studies Program. “We were there researching the positive change in women’s power and representation in government,” Bhardwaj said.

Bhardwaj presented her research, “Why God Still Sleeps in Rwanda: Women’s Power and Governmental Transformation,” at a conference in Florida.

“There are many misconceptions in the U.S. about the genocide in Rwanda,” Bhardwaj told The New Times, a Rwandan daily news source. “Coming here has enriched us with a better understanding of what happened, different from how it has been portrayed.”