Rwanda is often cited as the role model for gender equality, not least because 61% of its Members of Parliament are female. Sounds too good to be true? Yes, Rwanda is internationally admired for its progressive gender policies, but skepticism is advised when taking a closer look. Louis Gatti will give an insight into his research on how a non-democratic female quota turns out to be a sophisticated instrument of power and merely serves as a fig leaf. Finally, he wants to discuss how Rwanda´s government is hiding an autocratic face behind the mask of female empowerment.