How a housemaid inspired Ruzibuka to win Queen’s Award

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As a child, 27-year-old Priscilla Ruzibuka looked up to the housemaid at their family home. Not that being a housemaid was a big achievement, but the love, passion and optimism...

Karengera on how she became a global makeup artist

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Laura Isimbi Karengera describes makeup as “an art form like any other”. “It’s very competitive but very rewarding. Some do wear makeup just because they love it and some because...

KWEZI AND I... Three years down the road

This Saturday, Iman Hannah Kwezi turns three. I have had a good time on this planet and I really cannot complain but none of it can ever compare to having...

Can I still have a period if I’m pregnant?

Dear Doctor, After all the classic symptoms of pregnancy, I took a test and it came out positive. I’m 24 years old and this is my first. I’m not sure...

KWEZI AND I ... When is enough enough?

Technology, as it is commonly said, is a great thing. It has made life better in so many ways and for that we shall be forever grateful but on the...

Tuyishimire on life struggles as a dwarf

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Honorine Tuyishimire was born with dwarfism. Her childhood was about enduring the agony of being treated as ‘an outcast’ in society.

How can I boost my toddler’s appetite?

Dear Doctor, For weeks now, my toddler’s appetite has been strange. I’ve tried to make her all sorts of things but she refuses to eat and just wants milk. I’ve...

A glimmer of hope for Rwandan domestic workers

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After dropping out of school in primary six, 18-year-old Assoumpta Tuyikunde struggled to find means of survival. With her limited skills, the options were close to zero and she ended...

Women need to unlearn every patriarchal lie, says Irakoze

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As far as dreams go, Judicaelle Irakoze hopes that every woman discovers her potential. The 23-year-old runs ‘Abigaelle Closet’, a fashion house that is also used as a platform to...

KWEZI AND I...The homecoming queen

Most parents have cute nicknames that they use to refer to their children, and in the last almost three years, I don’t remember using the ‘princess’ endearment to refer to...

What do I need to know about still births?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my first child but I’m worried because of all the things that could go wrong. I’m in my third trimester and so far so good....

The women who made a difference in 2017

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Rwandan women have over the years made progress in various sectors, taking on male-dominated fields with zeal and confidence. As the year comes to an end, Sharon Kantengwa looks at...

KWEZI AND I...Dealing with withdrawal symptoms

Happy Holidays to you all. I can only imagine the exciting get-togethers between you, your friends and your families. That is what Christmas should be about after all. Bonding. Well,...

What do I need to know about still births?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my first child but I’m worried because of all the things that could go wrong. I’m in my third trimester and so far so good....

VIDEO: How single mother painted her way to accomplishment

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Last week, I delivered construction materials to my relatives in Gisozi Sector in Kigali. When I got to the house, the workers were at it, but what caught my attention...

12 steps to a simpler X-mas

Here are 12 ways to lower your stress level, spend less, and increase your enjoyment of the Christmas holidays through simplifying your approach.

What are your plans for the festive season?

Christmas is around the corner and every year as people patiently wait for the big day, most make plans such as reuniting with family and travelling, while for others, it’s...

KWEZI AND I...The sudden disappearance of appetite

This week, I packed up some of Kwezi’s clothes and other essentials and ‘shipped’ her off to her grandparents’ house. While she hadn’t visited them in a while and I...

Should I build a house or sell my land?

I have a little plot; I’m excited because I want to own a house. The challenge is that my husband thinks it’s far from the main road and rather small,...

The untold story of female miners

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When her husband passed away, Laurence Mukamparirwa was left with six children and no job or skills for survival. Life came to a standstill as she pondered on how she...

Another 217 years to close the economic gender gap

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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...

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...

The other child

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The first time I saw this happy-go-lucky young lady (let’s call her Norine) was at work. As we got talking, she told me she and her husband had one son,...

What is your relationship with money?

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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 you...