Women

The long and short of the mini skirt debate

Recently, there was a debate on social media, which involved two ministers, about a photo of students who appeared to be wearing short skirts popularly known as ‘mini skirts’.  Many people defended the girls after an article written by a local news website questioned the...

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 12:19am

Grace Rwanda: Providing educational support for children and youth

In 2009, two genocide survivors and members of the Rwandan Diaspora, Elizabeth Mujawamalia Johnson and Marie-Louise Kaligirwa, established ‘Grace Rwanda’, a volunteer-run charity based in Langley, British Columbia, Canada.  It then evolved into a stable organisation, having...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:53am

What is ‘women empowerment’?

In this day and age where ‘empowerment’ has become the buzzword promoting gender equality, Sans Aucun Doute came across this interesting perspective in the HUFFPOST blog on: ‘What is Women’s Empowerment?’ by Jin In: Empowering girls and women is powerful. Today, we...

Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 12:53am

‘Ode’ to our mothers

The story of Rwanda could be characterised as the story of mothers throughout the country. While all countries are blessed with mothers, Rwanda’s specific history has highlighted the strength and resilience of millions of mothers. The impact these women have had on their sons helps to propel...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:33pm

Should my menstrual period last a week?

Dear Doctor, My does my menstruation last almost a week yet I read that the normal period is 3 to 4 days? Am I normal? Is there something wrong with my system? Shanitah ----- Dear Shanitah, You have not specified whether this is a recent change or it has been like this since you got your...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 9:00pm

KWEZI AND I: Of nanny challenges

My housemate and I have something in common. We choose a house or an outfit or perhaps even friends, based on chemistry. We call it “seeing something and it speaks to you”. A house could be the perfect size, with a beautiful compound, located in a great neighbourhood, but if I enter it...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:48pm

Why a cross-body bag should make it to your collection

When it comes to fashion, many women like accessories that will make them ‘stand out’, and what better way is there to achieve this than holding a great bag? With the different kinds of bags on the market, cross-body bags couldn’t have come at a better time. For women who do not...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 8:46pm

Why Kamariza ditched her law degree to take care of vulnerable patients

In 2010, Isabelle Kamariza was pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in law in Belgium when she came home for a holiday. A devout Christian, she met a lady by the name ‘Mama Zuzu’ during a prayer gathering. At the time, Mama Zuzu was offering a meal to two patients every day at University...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:30pm

KWEZI AND I: The frustrations of weight loss

Change. One word. So small yet so big. While most people shudder at the idea of change, there are those that embrace it and roll with the wave, so to speak. Unfortunately, while I can ride with change, I perhaps would like to ease into it slowly and have a little bit of control. So how is this...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:21pm

The despair of a pregnant teen

When she was 15 years old, Julienne Muhawenimana found out that she was pregnant. As a minor, she didn’t know what to do. She was shocked and scared. She didn’t know how to tell her 17-year-old boyfriend, and when she finally gathered the courage to do so, she regretted it instantly. As...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:16pm

Do I have self-image issues?

Dear Counsellor, I am an insecure 17-year-old trapped in an adult’s body. I don’t want to draw attention to my flaws, because they’re there and I can see them and if by some meagre miracle others do not notice, I want it to stay that way. However, whilst I want all the people in...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 7:10pm

Vulnerable women farmers in Rwamagana empowered through maize production

The contented atmosphere during harvest time at a maize farm in Eastern Province’s Rwamagana District (Kagabiro Sector) tells a ‘grass to grace’ story of a group of women who did not have their own source of income, and for long, relied on their husbands, or begging, for survival...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 6:59pm

The girl’s room: How sanitary pads keep girls in school

On May 28, the world marked the annual ‘Menstrual Hygiene Day’ under the theme, ‘No More Limits’. It is an awareness day to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management, and an opportunity to address the plight of many girls around the world who do not have...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 8:11am

23- year- old Higiro’s dream is to see children living with disabilities thrive

Alice Higiro, a marketing and sales officer at AOS, a tech company, has had a passion for children since she was a child herself. Her turning point, however, was when she went to the UK to pursue her studies and realised the need to help disabled children back home. Last year, she joined Itetero...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 5:04am

How soon can I start exercise after a C-section?

Dear Doctor, When is the right time to exercise after a C-section? My baby is about a month old and I would like to start the process of getting back into shape. Is it too soon? Claire ----- Dear Claire, Caesarean section involves major surgery, where the abdomen is cut and baby is removed....

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 5:04am

KWEZI AND I: School time is approaching

It’s exactly two months before Kwezi begins school and to say that I am excited is an understatement. This for me is another step in this journey that I embarked on a little over four years ago when I got pregnant with my baby and decided that come rain or sunshine, I was ready to be a mother...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 5:04am

Why is my wife so lazy?

Dear Counsellor,   I have been married for six years and we have two children. My wife seems to believe that I am some sort of a ‘Mr Fix It’ around the house. I must do everything myself. I must check out a leak, take out garbage, if there is an insect she is afraid of, I must...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 5:04am

Child birth: When women choose to go under the knife

For women with a complicated pregnancy, a caesarean section (C-section) may be necessary for the health of either the mother or child, or both. However, for a variety of reasons, some women choose to have their baby by a ‘planned’ or ‘intended’ caesarean section even when...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:25am

Meet university student hoping to change the lives of vulnerable children

As a young girl, Gloria Gatsinzi experienced what she says was ‘a calling’ to help vulnerable children. She used to save money to buy scholastic materials to give to the children in her neighbourhood. “When you have a vision and the passion, it does not leave your head. I used to...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:19am

Kwezi and I: The slippery slope of disciplining methods

The issue of the best method of instilling discipline in children has been a matter of contention for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Africa, the most common method of disciplining a child was through corporal punishment. It worked sometimes, or at least most times, and other times it didn...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 3:13am