Women

Another 217 years to close the economic gender gap

A joke making the rounds in Rwanda a couple of years back went like this: (roughly translated from Kinyarwanda) “In Rwanda, a poor man’s address is a rich man’s: when you ask a poor man where he lives he will tell you to take him to General so and so’s house, if you ask...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:00am

How do I know I’m ovulating?

Dear Doctor, I’m confused about ovulation and safe days. My period is regular but I’ve failed to understand the cycle and when the biggest chances of getting pregnant are. Is it before or after my period? And how do I know that I am ovulating? Sometimes I feel mild pain in my abdomen a...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:00am

What is your relationship with money?

Maybe, just maybe, how we think about wealth might be holding us back from having wealth - Richard Templar in The Rules of Wealth. Many of us, especially women, have been socialised to think about money in terms of it being good or bad, wanting it and spending it ,(usually) being bad!  Are...

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:00am

Pregnancy: When is it safe to travel a long distance?

Karen Barasa is an expatriate working and living in Kigali. She was looking forward to spend the festive season back home in Kenya, but when she visited her gynecologist, she was advised against taking a long trip because it would put her pregnancy at risk. Barasa tried for many years to conceive...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00am

My daughter has a bad temper

Dear Counsellor, I am a single mother with two children - a boy and girl. We have been a very happy family, but my 12-year-old daughter has out of nowhere developed a very bad temper lately. However, she has not always been like this. Growing up, she was this calm and peaceful child I was proud of...

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00am

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