[VIDEO] Rwanda Women’s Network: The ladder propelling women to greater heights

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IT is a story of hope and perseverance for Chantal Uwanyirigira and her colleagues. However, the bigger story is not about the success they have achieved, but how they started...

KWEZI AND I...The matter of imitation

I think it is natural for any parent to feel that they would exchange places with their child in times of sickness and pain. Kwezi has been unwell. The changes...

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...

The ‘healing haven’ for vulnerable women

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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...

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

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Vanessa Bahati’s last born son was born with visual impairment. After visiting several hospitals in Europe and locally, the results were negative.

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...

Niyodusenga on coping with albinism, stigma

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It was a struggle for Bernadette Niyodusenga’s parents to raise 12 children. But apart from family financial struggles, Niyodusenga was also struggling with her own misfortune- a congenital disorder characterised...

Would you strip for a cause?

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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...

IRANZI CLINIC: Unique model of midwifery for vulnerable mothers

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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...

KWEZI AND I...Learning the word ‘sorry’

I have always said that my journey with Kwezi is a learning curve. All the time. I find it hard to believe that in only two months, she is turning...

DON’T WAKE ME UP

I am dreaming! Sweet, sweet, beautiful dream, I dream of lush rolling green hills,

Gender equality: rights and roles

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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...

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?

When the woman is the family breadwinner

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IT was a perfect marriage for Lovence Mukabalisa. She had a good paying job while her husband was a high flying senior civil servant. Everything was going as expected in...

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

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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...

KWEZI AND I...Setting and sticking to routine

Some people are naturally creatures of habit. They have a routine that they follow every day, Monday to Sunday and January to December. While I admire that, I am unfortunately...

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...

Why would a father rape his own child?

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It reads like 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...

Ashimwe on how her Urubohero project will empower teen girls

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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...

KWEZI AND I...The pursuit of the word ‘mummy’

The biggest part of this year has been a rollercoaster ride of sorts. Kwezi seems to be growing a little bit faster and with her growth come my own expectations....

How can I deal with insomnia?

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...

Meet McFarlane, a rape victim on a mission to end sexual violence

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Eighteen years ago, Claire McFarlane was brutally raped and left for dead on the streets of Paris.

KWEZI AND I...The story of silver fish

I have always said that Kwezi loves food so there is no story there. I have also always said that she is not picky but I guess I was wrong....

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...