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March 2, 2018

‘Mama Rwanda’ coming Thursday to Northwest

By Taylor Middleton, media relations assistant

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Northwest Missouri State University’s Student Activities Council (SAC) will host “Mama Rwanda,” an award-winning story of working mothers told through the eyes of those who lived through genocide.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. A 30-minute film explaining the recovery of the Rwanda genocide throughout women, will precede the lecture by Laura Waters Hinson about thriving women.

Waters Hinson co-founded As We Forgive Rwanda, a Rwandan-led organization that harnesses the power of film to promote healing after genocide and has reached nearly 100,000 Rwandans.

SAC leaders selected the event for Northwest in collaboration with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to celebrate Women’s History Month.

“This is important to have on campus because it helps share a story of women entrepreneurship and supports women empowerment,” said T.J. Johnson, a junior majoring in elementary education and special education from Excelsior Springs, Missouri, who serves as SAC’s lecture director.  “I hope students will gain an opportunity to learn about the women of Rwanda and hear their stories of how they became the entrepreneurs they are now.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about “Mama Rwanda,” visit


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215