Women

Closing the gender gap in photography

Vestina Kalisa defines her trade behind the camera as “capturing people’s memories through the lens.” She joined the male-dominated field in 2012, and has never looked back nor regretted her decision. Aside from earning a living through photography, Kalisa says camerawork has always been her...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00am

KWEZI AND I... There is no formula to single parenthood

Nasra & Kwezi It has been a busy two weeks away from home and thankfully, it was a very fruitful time and for that, I am thankful. It was during this time, as I waited for a connecting flight at one of the airports, that I was lucky to meet someone that I hadn’t seen in a long...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Why can’t I get pregnant?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been trying to have kids for over a year now but we’ve failed. My husband has one child from a previous relationship so I thought the issue was with me. I am 27 years old and I went for a check-up but nothing could be detected that is hindering the process...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Head wraps: The accessory every woman should own

The head wrap is a timeless trend that goes with almost any outfit.  Internet videos show the many ways you can wrap it, to give you the look you want — be it casual, chic or hip. It’s the classic fashion accessory because they deliver unsurpassed versatility. Head wraps, or...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00am

CAVAP: Unleashing potential of marginalised women

Eugenie Mukobwujaha used to start the day by tending to the family’s small farm; as a struggling household, they barely had enough to eat. She relied on her husband to provide most of the basic needs.  She never thought about the future or self-reliance. She took whatever life threw her way. ...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Go fab with floral

Nothing defines a girly girl like a floral print. However, do not go overboard as you might end up looking like a garden. Floral prints go well with a plain addition; for instance a floral top with a plain coloured bottom. The print is versatile; it can be worn casually and formally. When going...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00am

How can I control my breast milk flow?

Dear Doctor, I’m a new mother and my baby is only a week old. However, I seem to have too much breast milk and I can’t control it.  The baby also has a problem taking it in and I have to stop her lest she chokes. Kindly advise. Is there a way to control it? Is it something I...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Mushimiyimana’s humble rise to a property mogul

“She is the owner of the 7-storey building where our offices are located,” a colleague said pointing at a lady who was having a chat with one of the security people at the entrance. She cut a simple posture and had no trace of sophistication expected of a woman worth her name. In fact, as we...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Career women: What it takes to break the glass ceiling

Her dream was to become a prominent business woman with a chain of multi-million dollar enterprises under her name. But Natasha Sukiranya did not realise this dream because it was not her true ‘calling.’ Her true calling was in the employment world where she started off at the bottom...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Rwandans take stock of women empowerment progress

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights and also marks the plight and achievements of women all over the world. Women empowerment has always been at the forefront of Rwanda’s tireless efforts. Women Today...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

How women in male dominated fields persevere, overcome hurdles

Despite the commendable strides Rwanda has made towards equality over the past years, many women remain underrepresented in some traditionally male dominated fields. Women Today’s Sharon Kantengwa had a chat with some women working in fields that have been labelled ‘for men’. Amina Umuhoza, Taxi...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Imbuto, ADMA partner to empower girls with multimedia skills

Twenty girlswho were selected out of a total of 40 are undergoing a three-week intensive course to acquire fundamental skills and competences in photography, video production and storytelling for multimedia. The participating girls were selected from former beneficiaries of Imbuto Foundation,...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

True worth of women empowerment is development and achievable SDGS

About 10 years ago, seated from a vantage view of Rwinkwavu Hospital in Eastern Rwanda, I was fascinated by the number of people flooding the out-patients window for free medical care.  It turned out that free food rations and housing were amongst other things provided for vulnerable patients...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Celebrating mothers: The unsung heroes

Foreigners have often marvelled at the incredible qualities of some of our leaders. My answer has always been: You should have met their mothers. Only women like that can raise men like that! In Rwanda, February is a month in which we celebrate our heroes. March 8 is the United Nations designated...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Decoding confidence

Priscilla lives in the village of Masoro where she supports her two children, working full-time and raising them as a single mother. She is fortunate to work as an artisan at the Abahizi Rwanda factory where she was trained to make high-quality handbags for export and earns a wage that can support...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Haguruka: Amplifying the voice of vulnerable women and children

When she was a teen, Clementine Uwamahoro came face-to-face with evil that robbed her of her innocence. Uwamahoro was raped by her brother-in-law, and shockingly, with the help of her own sister. Her sister had failed to give birth and on advice of a ‘traditional’ doctor, her husband...

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:00am

My husband resents our son

Dear Counsellor, My husband and I got married just after we both completed college and it has been a great journey so far. We have teenage twins, a girl and a boy. However, my husband has always had a soft spot for the girl and doesn’t seem to care much for the boy. The girl performs well...

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:00am

Access to justice; why it is still a walk on thorns for women

IT started like any other normal day for Emily Tuyishime but little did she know it would turn into a black Saturday in her life. On that fateful Saturday afternoon, her four-year-old son was involved in an accident that left him in a coma after sustaining grave injuries on the head. Tuyishime...

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00am

How to look stylish... without chasing trends

To be stylish, you must understand your own personal style. /Net photos  Not all women care about fashion trends. Many do not care for what is trending or how to keep up with style. If you are this kind of person, there is always a way to look stylish without necessarily copying what the Kim...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Why do I pass urine frequently?

Dear Doctor, Lately I find myself with the need to use the bathroom a lot more frequently. It’s worse in the night. I do not feel any pain when urinating but I do not understand the constant need to pass urine and it’s never really a lot. What could be the problem? Is it an infection...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am