Women

Dr Shivon Byamukama on her experience as a career woman

Dr Shivon Byamukama is the deputy CEO of Babyl Rwanda, a digital healthcare provider, and a lawyer by profession. She previously worked with RwandAir and Bank of Kigali and for her, work experience is what shaped her into the woman she is today. She shared with Women Today’s Sharon Kantengwa...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Kwezi and I: The grand reunion

Three weeks after she left for her grandparents’ house, Kwezi is finally back and I am very happy to finally have the cuddles back. As expected, nothing that happens with us is ever drama free and I have come to realise that that’s why my journey with Kwezi from the time she was...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Is my wife a thief?

Dear Counsellor, My wife and I have been married for four months. We have a wonderful relationship and get along very well; however, she has one major problem. She steals money. The first time I noticed money was missing from my wallet, I didn’t dwell too much on it, thinking that maybe I...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Davos 2018: Gender parity is about men and women, not women alone

This decline was observed in the workplace, the education and health sectors, and in political representation. It was estimated that should this rate of decline continue, it would take 217 years to close the global economic gender gap. During panel debates, various arguments were made as to why...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Mothers on nurturing vulnerable children under SOS Children's Villages

At the start of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Marie Theogene Muteteli was a newlywed basking in marital bliss. However, this joy was short-lived. Her husband was killed in the first days leaving her a young widow. Muteteli, who was 32 years old at the time, joined SOS Children’s...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

KWEZI AND I: Have I been replaced?

This week, I pick up Kwezi from her grandparents’ house and I just can’t wait. It has been three weeks and I am about to lose my mind. When did I become this person who misses such a tiny human being to a point of misery? The people in our home also miss her, I don’t know how many...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

What are the risks of having a baby at 45?

Dear Doctor, I am 45 years old with three children, the youngest is 8. I recently found out that I was pregnant (about 12 weeks) even though I’ve been on the pill. This was so unexpected and I was honestly done having kids. What complications do I stand to face at my age? Tina ----- Dear...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Why is my husband against a joint account?

Dear Counsellor, I recently told my husband that we should open up a joint account but he has refused. He has brought up all sorts of excuses but I think he doesn’t want to be ‘cornered’ yet I also make financial plans for the family. We’ve been married for four years, but...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

KWEZI AND I......: Building and appreciating relationships

  I recently had a very strange conversation with someone. Strange is a word that I usually use loosely but in this particular case, the conversation was strange in the true sense of the word. The person, in her honest opinion, felt that I was avoiding responsibility by taking Kwezi to my...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am

My family is fighting over my father’s will

Dear Counsellor, My father died recently. I am devastated by his loss, but he had a wonderful, long life. Since he passed, our lives have been turned upside down in a way I never would have anticipated. There has been mayhem in our family over his will and how he left things to each one of us. My...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am

Classic Macaroni Salad

This is a salad that everyone will love. It is just a pleasing taste that will suit everyone. Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Ready in: 4 hours 30 minutes Ingredients l4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni l1 cup mayonnaise l1/4 cup distilled white vinegar l2/3 cup white sugar l2 1/2...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am

Five things to do every day to keep the house clean

Want to feel like your home is clean and organised and like you’ve got ‘it’ together? First of all, it’s important to keep these things in mind: Organisation takes time, it won’t happen overnight. Stop worrying about instant results, concentrate on progress. Routines...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am

The healthiest cheeses to eat

Whether it’s paired with wine or melted over a burger, cheese is where it’s at. And not just because eating it makes life worth living. Cheese is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in nutrients including protein, phosphorus, and don’t forget calcium, says Jim White, R.D.,...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am

What effective birth control method can I use?

Dear Doctor, I gave birth to my first child two months ago. I want to start birth control but I’m not sure of which method to use. What’s the best birth control method and what are the side effects? Pamela Dear Pamela, Menstrual cycle, pregnancy, delivery, all phases in the life...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am

Birth control: What are the methods?

Implant This matchstick-size progestin-releasing implant is placed by a doctor under the skin high up on your inner arm. The progestin thickens cervical mucus, making it tougher for sperm to reach an egg. That is, if one is released. Progestin can also halt eggs from leaving the ovaries to begin...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am

Black and gold: How to keep it classy

When it comes to fashion, colour mixing is an interesting aspect and every woman should know how to go about it. Knowing how to combine the colours of your attire and accessories helps bring out an elegant look. To succeed in ‘mix and match’, you should know which colours blend well...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am

Gahaya Links: Weaving a better future for vulnerable women

When I met Prisca Nabayo, my first impression of her was that she is a calm and collected woman. Across the room, she sat alone immersed in her work, knitting jewellery.This is her life, and as I came to learn later, her passion too. Married with two kids, Nabayo’s life almost came to a...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:00am

Progressing by merit, not favour

‘Can we compete without conflicting?’, was the closing question by Dr. Donald Kaberuka during a panel session at the recently concluded ‘Umushikirano’ in December 2017. I thought it very pertinent not only professionally, but also in our day to day lives. How I would love...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:00am

AFRICA MY HOME

Africa my home Where the sun’s never brighter Warming up the backs Of our soldiers our fighters We the descendants Of such an inheritance Gifted with beauty Power and intelligence Threw it away Those are the sad facts This is our day When we all need to come back Renew what was...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:00am

A ray of hope

What would you do if you didn’t have food for your four-year-old child? No milk to give him.  Not even porridge; nothing to calm your child’s hunger. What if your children were sick and you could not afford to take them to the hospital? What if your husband was a drunkard because...

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:00am