Even the husbands of female parliamentarians, Uvuza says, expect their wives to "make sure his shoes are polished, his shirts are ironed, and his water is in the bathtub. These are the kinds of things that most women were telling me."
The next step in Rwanda's gender evolution, says Mary Balikungeri, director and founder of the Rwanda Women's Network, is focusing on men and "how we transform our own families, our own husbands."
"We cannot change much if these men don't change the way they look at things, so we need to bring them into a dialogue," she says.
Minister of Gender and Family Promotion Solina Nyirahabimana agrees that in 25 years of breaking gender stereotypes by telling women what they can do, "men have been left behind" in the conversation. She says her ministry has a more ambitious plan: It intends to prevent discrimination from being seeded, starting with instilling gender-equality principles in children.