Parenthood: Handling teenage rebellion

At 16, Chantal was no ‘ordinary’ teen. She dodged school and instead spent the entire day in local bars with a group of agemates. Using their lunch and break money, they drank cheap alcohol sold in sachets and smoked cigarettes. At the end of the day, she would stagger home. Her mum...

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 10:38 PM

School dropouts on building foundation for a better life

Jeanne Mukamana was barely 20 years old when she got pregnant in high school and was forced to drop out. As fate would have it, the boy responsible for the pregnancy abandoned her, and then family and friends followed suit. She was left to fend for herself, and she had no idea how to do it....

Thursday, April 19, 2018, 2:14 AM

Biotechnology will transform Rwanda’s health sector – expert

Professor Jacob Souopgui, a Cameroonian scholar from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium, together with a research team from Rwanda, have initiated a project that will facilitate the enhancement of skills in the biotech field. The project is set to implement Master’s and later PhD...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1:03 AM

Why inclusion of persons with disabilities is a responsibility for all

The sign your name challenge hashtag has been awash on Twitter for the last few weeks. Political figures, musicians and media personalities among others have taken part in the challenge with the aim of garnering awareness about the importance of inclusion of persons with disabilities in society....

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 1:15 AM

Rwanda through the lens of youth born after Genocide

Weya Viatora, an artiste and student at Kepler, a university programme in Kigali that partners with Southern New Hampshire University, USA, was born two years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Though she never witnessed the evil events that transpired, the 22-year-old observed the...

Friday, April 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

Genocide: Tales of the traumatic road to survival

52-year-old Devota Mukarurangwa was three years into her marriage when killings broke out during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Even though the disturbing memories are still fresh 24 years later, she says that she will not let the daunting past define her present. The first impression of...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:23 PM

FEATURED: Addressing business development service needs of the private sector

For the past twenty years, Rwanda’s economyhas developed enormously, formalizing and expanding the private sector in a bid to con-tinue expanding its economic growth. It is in this line that, Africa Development Consultant Limited (ADC) was formed with the aim of support-ing Rwanda’...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 9:48 AM

Parenting: Would you raise a child that is not biologically yours?

For Susan, it was heaven since the day she got married. One year down the road, she couldn’t be any happier. News of a pregnancy gave her and her husband unmatched delight. As she went about building her family, one day, her entire world changed. She found out about a child her husband had...

Friday, March 30, 2018, 12:27 AM

Feminism should promote proper women values – Activists

FEMINISM should strive to fight for gender equality but at the same time aim at portraying the rightful values of women. This was said by a group of women activists during an event dubbed  ‘Unpacking Feminism Dialogue’ that was held on Wednesday. Organised by Rwanda Women...

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 11:48 PM

Call for solidarity, accountability in global fight against HIV

The Minister of State in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Dr Patrick Ndimubanzi, has called for global solidarity and mutual accountability in efforts to advance the health sector. He made the remarks during a press conference that was held on Saturday to launch the first phase of...

Monday, March 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Seven years on, is Guma-Guma music contest still relevant?

Over the last seven years, Rwandans have been treated to various forms of electrifying musical performances on an annual basis — from R&B boybands to devotees of the traditional genre. Arguably the biggest music contest in the country, Primus Guma-Guma Super Star (PGGSS) sees Rwanda’s top...

Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

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, 12:00 AM

Gender summit urges greater women’s role in climate change adaptation

There is need to involve women in devising solutions that can help address their vulnerabilities to climate change. This was highlighted during the 14th Gender Summit that opened in Kigali, yesterday. The two-day conference, under the theme “Climate Change through the Gender Lens: Focus on...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

World Water Day: A call for better management of water resources

Rwanda will join the rest of the world in marking International World Water Day on the March 22. The day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Nature for Water’ on the international level; whereas celebrations at the national level will be held in Rubavu district under the theme: “...

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

Dress code: Does it matter what you wear to work?

On a Monday morning, he walks into office clad in a sleeveless shirt, distressed jeans and sneakers. His colleagues give him ‘the look’ but he doesn’t notice. He goes about his business, waiting for the morning meeting. His boss spots him and calls him to his office. “Good...

Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

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, 12:00 AM

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, 12:00 AM

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, 12:00 AM

Rwandan doctor wins international innovation grant

Dr Fidel Rubagumya, a resident physician - clinical oncology and the founder of Rwanda Children’s Cancer Relief has won a $20,000 (about Rwf17 million) grant from American Society of Clinical Oncology. This was announced last week on the organisation’s website. In an exclusive...

Monday, March 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

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, 12:00 AM