Women

parenting tips...: 8 Great ways to bond with your child

We parents spend the majority of our waking hours working toward shaping our children into the kinds of adults we want them to be. We campaign to have them be more organized, better students, courteous, etc. But sometimes our objective should be to simply relate to our kids and enjoy them so they...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00am

Can signs of cervical cancer resurface after treatment?

Dear Doctor I am in my late 30s but I am afraid of getting cervical cancer. A few years ago I went for a pap smear test and the doctor discovered I had signs that could lead to cervical cancer. The doctor told me I was lucky it had not developed into cancer and I was given treatment. Are there...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00am

8 health benefits of coffee, based on science

Here are the top 13 health benefits of coffee, that have been confirmed in actual human studies. 1. Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. This is because it contains a stimulant called caffeine, which is actually...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00am

Meet Muhumuza, a passionate female tour guide and driver

She is an embodiment of passion and resilience. Her warm personality blends seamlessly with her work. Her life has been a journey of resilience and perseverance. For someone who lost her mother at a tender age and dropped out of school, she has defied the odds to make it in a field that is...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00am

KWEZI AND I...Learning from each other

I began my three weeks of annual leave on Monday and to say that I have been waiting for this period impatiently is an understatement. This is my first time off work in a long time and besides the fact that I needed the rest, I was looking forward to spending quality time with Kwezi since I have...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00am

Ask The Counsellor: I am done with my daughter!

Dear Counsellor, My adopted daughter eloped. I took her in after my sister passed away when she was a child and raised her together with my husband. She never said a word to us as her guardians. We sent her to university and she graduated but she has not worked since. We know nothing about the...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00am

Uwimana on her passion for fitness

Zainab Masera Uwimana is a fitness trainer at Soho Fitness in Kicukiro, Kigali, which she co-owns. She is also personal trainer. The 32-year-old had a chat with Women Today’s Sharon Kantengwa on why she is passionate about fitness. How did you get into fitness training? When I was young I had a...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00am

Loafers: Shoes for all seasons

Did you know that the choice of the shoes you wear can either break or make your look? Well according to designers, getting the right shoes is as important as matching your outfit with other accessories like the handbag, necklace and earrings. Loafers for women are just an example of footwear one...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00am

Why do I become so moody during my periods?

Dear Doctor I tend to be so moody, agitated and at times depressed, but I have noticed that this happens in the middle of my menstruation cycle. Could the mood swings have something to do with ovulation? What can one do to cope with this? Dear Lillian, You have not specified your age and whether...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00am

HEALTHY LIVING: 8 health benefits of coffee, based on science

Here are the top 13 health benefits of coffee, that have been confirmed in actual human studies. 1. Coffee can improve energy levels and make you smarter Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. This is because it contains a stimulant called caffeine, which is actually...

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 12:00am

What natural remedies can I use for my child’s cold?

Dear Doctor,   My two-year-old recently got a cold and cough. The cough seems heavy and her nose is blocked. I got her medication but I was wondering if you could recommend some home remedies that could help relieve this cold and possibly cure it. Ruth Dear Ruth, Commoncolds occur mostly...

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 12:00am

The ‘healing haven’ for vulnerable women

Located in Kabeza, a city suburb, it has for many years served as a safe haven for vulnerable women. It is a place that gives these women a second chance to heal from the physical and psychological wounds of gender based violence. This home is ‘Tubahumurize Association’, a non-governmental...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:00am

How one woman chose to be the eyes of visually impaired children

Vanessa Bahati’s last born son was born with visual impairment. After visiting several hospitals in Europe and locally, the results were negative. The reality that her son would never be able to see propelled her to begin her charity organisation ‘Jordan Foundation’ which was named after her son...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Kwezi and I...Choosing the ‘right’ school

It has been an interesting one week. Finally, I have reluctantly wrapped it around my brain that Kwezi’s school time is only about a few months from today and no matter what I do, I must ‘woman up’ and let her go and sip from the cup of knowledge.   I have been stressed out about choosing the...

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:00am

Would you strip for a cause?

Some time last year, an African woman academic made headlines for all the wrong reasons. In protest to being evicted from her office at a university research institute, she stripped to her underwear in the corridors of the institute’s offices; sagging body parts, stretch marks (in her own...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:00am

IRANZI CLINIC: Unique model of midwifery for vulnerable mothers

The birth of a child is a life transforming experience and a family-centred event that should occur in a safe, supportive, warm environment with high quality care. However, this is not the case for many poor young expectant mothers that, due to one reason or another, find themselves pregnant,...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:00am

DON’T WAKE ME UP

I am dreaming… Sweet, sweet, beautiful dream, I dream of lush rolling green hills, I dream of mighty earth-colored rivers snaking their way through manicured valleys, I am dreaming of the great silverback in misty hills of Kinigi, managing his family like the majesty that he is,  I...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:00am

Gender equality: rights and roles

The year 2017 has seen a spate of grave domestic violence incidents in Rwanda. The most recent case was Mukeshimana Marie Rose, killed and buried in her compound by her husband. Sadly, most of these victims had been silently enduring physical and psychological abuse for a long time. Over the past...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:00am

Will my daughter’s irregular period stabilise?

Dear Doctor, My 12-year-old daughter got her first period almost three months ago.  It lasted a week.  However, it hasn’t occurred again. Is this normal? When does it become regular? Teta Dear Teta, The beginning of menstruation (menarche) is one of the signs of attaining...

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 12:00am

Haidara on Kigali’s first ever Natural Hair Show and Beauty Expo

Alexanderia Haidara is the brain behind the upcoming Kigali Natural Hair Show and Beauty Expo slated for November 3 and 4 in Kigali. She is the proprietor of the Marina Bella Natural Hair Salon located in downtown Kigali. She is the organiser of the hair expo, the first of its kind. Haidara is...

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00am