Women

A Genocide survivor’s will to empower former street children

As a Genocide survivor, Maurice Kwizerimana witnessed what most children had to go through during and after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. He saw the suffering they had to endure to sustain themselves, especially those who had lost parents.  The kids had to endure dangerous living...

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:06am

Obesity and stigma: A woman’s journey to a healthy lifestyle

It all started when she had just given birth to her second child. Her weight began to escalate and as a result, she began experiencing chronic back problems. “I found difficulty in even small things like bathing. The doctors said that obesity was the sole cause and advised me to lose...

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:05am

One woman’s goal to transform the cosmetic industry using local products

In the wake of the worrying new coronavirus (COVID-19), Natacha Baranyuzwe, a pharmacist, is, among other things, using her professional and entrepreneurial skills to save the lives of fellow Rwandans. With the use of bidens pilosa (inyabarasanya), a medicinal plant, she is making hand...

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:18am

Empowering vulnerable women and curbing unemployment: An activist’s vision

Violet Busingye has always longed to be a pillar of empowerment of vulnerable women, to enable them become financially independent. Her vision is a world where underprivileged women start up their own business and culminate unemployment. In 2018, her dream took shape. She was financially...

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:17am

You do not need to be rich to make a difference, says 24-year-old humanitarian

As a teenager, whenever she was given money for upkeep at school or to braid her hair, she would instead buy scholastic materials for poor kids in her neighbourhood. In doing this, Gloria Gatsinzi, now 24, realised that helping vulnerable kids go to school was her calling. “It became a...

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 12:22am

Men should be women empowerment agents, says feminist Ndagijimana

25-year-old Anastase Ndagijimana is a proud feminist who strives to improve gender and social inclusion through the fight against gender-based violence. Through his organisation, We Got Your Back, he works to create a society free from gender-based violence through the ‘boys and men engage...

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 12:21am

How food labels inspired one woman’s dietetic profession

Growing up, Leah Mfiteyesu wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. She was eventually admitted to University of Rwanda to do pharmacy, since she did not want to do medicine. When a new course, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, was introduced, it was a dream come true for her that she...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 2:29pm

Meet the couple nurturing character development to help Rwandan youth build society

Eight years ago, Matt and Andrea Miller moved to Rwanda with a mission to boost the country’s education sector. They strived for a school where Rwandans and other students can learn to think, create and innovate in a loving community rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. They also...

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 12:07am

My life as a ‘little person’ - Esther Mukampogazi

What is it like to leave home when you have restrictive growth disorder and live in a world geared towards people much taller than you? Esther Mukampogazi says she has known nothing but ridicule and contempt all her life. As a young woman who was born with dwarfism — a condition of short...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:19am

Sexual violence: Breaking the culture of silence

After research and close observation, Gloria Busingye learnt that perpetrators of sexual violence are either close family or community members with the victims. This, she says, influences silence especially on the victims’ part. She recognises that victims remain quiet because, they don...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:18am

Safe Schools for Girls: Building capacity of vulnerable adolescents

When 15-year-old Zainab Uwamahoro joined high school, she not only encountered changes with her academics, but her personal life as well. She realised that her transformation into a young woman had come with disguised challenges; whereas her requirements before as a young girl were mostly academic...

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 8:18am

What do you consider when naming your child?

One of the most important decisions one can make, as a parent, is choosing their baby’s name. Although, it can be fun, the responsibility of naming another human being can make it a bit intimidating. After all, your child will carry that name throughout their life. In today’s world,...

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 12:04am

How Rwandan girl got involved in designing Canadian city

Iliiza Karangwa moved to Canada four years ago with a vision to acquire architectural skills that would help her take part in the implementation of the Kigali City Masterplan for 2050. This vision, she says, was sparked by seeing Kigali’s fast growth, and because of this, she wants to...

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 10:15am

22-year-old Nyinawumuntu on using technology to promote healthy eating

With today’s busy world, many are engaged with intense work schedules, demanding households, among other responsibilities, and this leaves little to no time for healthy eating. Yvonne Nyinawumuntu saw this need and thought of ways she could facilitate people access home-cooked meals...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:05am

We can all contribute to the fight against cancer - BCIEA founder

In recognition of World Cancer Day, Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa (BCIEA), put up a Cancer Health Fair, on February 4, at their Wellness Centre in Kanombe, Kigali. The purpose of the health fair dubbed “I am and I will” was to increase awareness about breast cancer, the...

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:04am

Women and mental health

For a long while, Umuhoza had issues with anguish. It all started out with a loss of appetite, lack of sleep and a lack of joy in things that used to interest her. It only occurred to her that she could actually be depressed when she started having recurring thoughts of taking her own life....

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 11:03am

The ‘good cop/bad cop’ parenting saga

In most homes, when one parent is the tough disciplinarian who insists on manners, respect, and rules, the other parent is enduring, avoids confrontation, and would prefer to appease, a situation that has widely been referred to as ‘good cop-bad cop’ parenting. Because parenting is a...

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:15am

70-year-old Bamurangirwa on finding her purpose through writing books

At the age of 70, Patricia Bamurangirwa has five books to her name, released in a span of seven years. Born in Rwanda in 1949, Bamurangirwa’s family fled the country first as refugees to Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, and later to Tanzania and Kenya.  Shortly after they...

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 12:16am

The emotional effects of recurrent pregnancy loss

For Rosette Mukamwezi, the prospect of motherhood was crushed by the horrendous episodes of miscarriage. Having been married for over 20 years now, Mukamwezi has been trying to get pregnant, but every time she managed to conceive, it ended in miscarriage. This one time she managed to carry her...

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 12:15am

Can you get pregnant on your period?

Dear Doctor, How likely is it to get pregnant on or around your period? If so, how does it come about? Dinah Dear Dinah Usually, a period is considered to be a safe time to have sex, for someone who doesn’t want to get pregnant.  The chances of fertility are considered low...

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 12:14am