Women

Am I suffering from post-partum depression?

Dear Doctor, I’m a new mother, my baby just turned three months but I’m always tired. What’s funny is that I do get some rest as she is not a fussy baby. I get up only twice in the night to feed her. But I seem to always feel tired or worn out. I have a girl who helps me out but...

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 12:00am

Why would a father rape his own child?

It readslike a script from a movie. A man rapes his own daughter resulting into a pregnancy and birth of a baby girl. Full of shame the girl flees home but returns after 17 years with a daughter who was fathered by her biological father. The shameless father also turns to the ‘daughter fathered...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:00am

Ashimwe on how her Urubohero project will empower teen girls

23-year-old Fiona Doreen Ashimwe was among the 15 finalists during this year’s Miss Rwanda beauty pageant. Last week, together with partners, she visited SOS Technical School in Kagugu to enlighten adolescent girls on sexual and reproductive health and Rwandan core values through her project...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:00am

How can I deal with insomnia?

Dear Doctor, I am 31 years old and for a long time now, I have suffered with insomnia. ​I have a terrible sleeping pattern and can’t seem to sleep at night, yet when I go to work the next day, I feel exhausted and in dire need of sleep. When I go home, the sleep somehow disappears. I...

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:00am

My baby’s appetite is insatiable

Dear Doctor, My daughter is two years old and she has always had a healthy appetite. However, I sometimes worry that she over-eats, if there is such a thing. Nothing seems to fill her. She has three meals a day and some fruit or yoghurt in between meals. Even when she’s just had a meal, she...

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:00am

How to smoothly sail through adolescence

October 11 marked the International Day of the Girl Child, a day that aims at highlighting and addressing challenges faced by young girls. It also presents a platform to renew efforts toward empowerment of girls and women in general. This year’s theme “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:00am

Ask The Counsellor

Dear JoyBeing spouses and co-workers is a complex task that requires love, patience and intellect to build the business, as well as maintain a fulfilling marriage. If your partner is rude and overly dramatic in the business, then this is already a red flag that your business and its image are at...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:00am

My business partner bosses me around

Dear Counsellor, My husband and I started a business together and at first, we were doing well. However, he now acts like he is my boss and even shouts at me in front of our employees. I’m an equal partner in this business but the only reason I do not talk back is out of respect. When we go...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:00am

My husband is punishing me for his mother's mistakes

Dear Counsellor, My husband recently found out that the man who raised him is not his biological father. This shocking information was news to his father too at some point. Their relationship, however, is as solid as ever and they’ve managed to move past it. He has fallen out with his mother...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:00am

KWEZI AND I...Mobility comes with its set of challenges

As you celebrate the fact that your child is now crawling or even walking, you tend to forget that her quest for mobility also comes with some challenges. For instance, this means that your house has to go into a gradual transformation as you move things around, trying to keep them from their tiny...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:00am

When will my teen get her period?

Dear Doctor, My daughter made 16 and she’s never gotten her period. She developed breasts two years ago although they are rather small. I started worrying when she was 14 but I was told it delays some times. But 16? Is she normal? Should I be worried? Rita Dear Rita, As children grow, they...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:00am

HEALTHY LIVING: 7 reasons you NEED to eat carbs

When you want to slim down or just eat healthier in general, it’s tempting to try to ditch carbs entirely. After all, we grew up in an Atkins diet-loving world, and its carb-free philosophy somehow managed to stick with us throughout the years. But here’s the thing: You need carbs (the...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:00am

in the kitchen: Grilled Salmon

A simple soy sauce and brown sugar marinade, with hints of lemon and garlic, are the perfect salty-sweet complement to rich salmon fillets. Ingredients l1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets llemon pepper to taste lgarlic powder to taste lsalt to taste l1/3 cup soy sauce l1/3 cup brown sugar l1/3 cup...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 12:00am

Taking stock of maternity leave benefits scheme

It is over eight months since the new law on maternity leave was published in the national gazette, effectively compelling all employers to implement maternity leave benefits scheme. The law facilitates working mothers to have access to fully paid maternity leave. But months down the road, has the...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:00am

Kalimpinya on empowering teens through sex education

Miss Rwanda 2017 third runner up, Queen Kalimpinya, is the co-founder of ‘Bambe Clubs’, an NGO that sensitises the youth on sexual reproductive rights. It began its operations last month in the districts of Nyarugenge and Nyamata. The 18-year-old had a chat with Women Today’s Sharon Kantengwa on...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:00am

Why does my baby sweat a lot?

Dear Joan, Sweatingoccurs due to eccrine glands, that is, sweat glands. These glands help to keep the body cool in face of excess temperature, either of the body or the environment. Babies, as such, tend to sweat more. This occurs due to multiple reasons. Babies have more sweat glands in the head...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:00am

Is my girlfriend dangerous?

Dear Counsellor, I read my girlfriend’s journal. I don’t know why. I guess just because I could and it was out in the open. I found out some things about her that really terrify me. Things that I can’t recover from. Basically, she’s writing entries about how little she...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 12:00am

Why unpaid care work is a thorny issue in women empowerment

Joseline is a single mother employed in a restaurant in Kimironko. The mother of two wakes up at 4am to prepare her children for school. This includes preparing breakfast, bathing and dressing them up. By 6.30am she leaves home with the children and walks them to the bus stop before she proceeds...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00am

How 21-year-old Umuhoza plans to fight climate change

Grace Ineza Umuhoza, a third year student at University of Rwanda, wants to make a difference in society and is already devising initiatives on how to accomplish this. As soon as she completed high school, Umuhoza launched ‘Baby an Angel’, a project that is designed to offer home...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00am

What are the risks of tying my tubes?

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my third child and I was thinking this might be the last.  I want to have my tubes tied after birth. Is it a complicated procedure?  What should I expect and in the event that I change I mind, is it reversible? Diana Dear Diana  Tuballigation or...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 12:00am