Women

There’s more to dance than entertainment - contemporary performer

From childhood, Grace Ingabire, a contemporary dancer, loved to dance. However, there were no dance schools at the time to help her explore her passion, until high school when she began showcasing her skills. “As a child, I danced at every opportunity at home, I danced all day but then it...

Friday, July 3, 2020 - 3:11pm

How local NGO empowers vulnerable women amid Covid-19

According to the United Nations, the combination of economic and social stresses brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as restrictions on movement, have dramatically increased the number of women and girls facing abuse, in almost all countries. In this regard, Root Foundation, a local NGO...

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 12:03am

Young philanthropist on empowering the youth to be agents of change

23-year-old Willy Shema has a vision to create a generation of young people capable of leading themselves, their communities and their continent. As a God-fearing, energetic and young visionary leader, Shema says he is driven by an endearing heart of helping, mentoring and nurturing fellow youth...

Thursday, July 2, 2020 - 12:01am

Local NGO on serving nutritious meals to vulnerable patients

When Isabelle Kamariza founded Solid Africa in 2010, her dreams of feeding 5000 patients from the 20 that she started with seemed too wild to be true. Today, however, the organisation provides three nutritious meals to 800 vulnerable patients daily across six public hospitals in Kigali, namely:...

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 4:22pm

Sex offenders’ archive: What does it mean for the GBV fight?

Last week, Rwanda Public Prosecution Authority embarked on a process to establish a national registry of all individuals convicted for rape or defilement. The registry which will also be open to the public, will help law enforcement and justice to track repeat offenders — and contribute...

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 12:03am

Rape can NEVER be justified

I passionately denounce the deafening silence that has enveloped, stigmatised and traumatised half of our society. Just like the adage goes: one who educates a woman educates a community, he who rapes a woman rapes a nation, defiles our humanly constructs, and betrays the future we ardently...

Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 12:02am

Inside an artisan’s modern design world

At his workshop, Olivier Mbarushimana carefully displays his beautiful cache of wood work.  These are mostly lampshades, furniture, lamps, mirrors, as well as sculptures. With a chisel and carving knife, Mbarushimana cuts, moulds and laminates his pieces into finished products. ...

Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 8:23am

Visual illustrator on using art to drive social change

In 2016, Shemsa Neza, ventured into art, a talent she knew she had from a young age. Since then she has been using her talent to bring about social change. She had a chat with Sharon Kantengwa about her work and plans for her career. How did you become a visual artist? Is there a particular...

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 10:10pm

Menstrual Hygiene Day: Why period stigma holds women back

Earlier this year, over 60 girls at a college in India were told to remove their undergarments to check if they were menstruating. Apparently, the girls were checked because the college hostel has a rule that girls having periods are not supposed to take meals with other peers. This is why they...

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:04am

Overcoming procrastination

Back in my high school days, one of my favourite rituals was to sit down for hours at a time, mapping my life goals, visualising all the amazing things I needed to do to materialise my ultimate goal.  Often, I analysed my desires, values, passions and arrived at an impeccably sound-...

Thursday, May 28, 2020 - 12:03am

How clinical psychologist Cindi Cassady uses art therapy to treat Ndera's trauma patients

Cindi Cassady, a U.S national, has been living and working in Rwanda as a clinical psychologist at the Ikizere Centre, Ndera Hospital. She has also been doing private practice, and as an artist herself, she introduced art therapy both for the children and adults seeking psychological therapy in...

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 8:06pm

Assessing the impact of COVID-19 on women

Last week, a virtual meeting about ‘Women in Africa’s Great Lakes region’ was convened by the United Nations Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region in order to take steps to advance the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and the fight against COVID-19. The agenda is a...

Thursday, May 21, 2020 - 12:23am

Stranded abroad: Rwandan pastor’s ordeal amid COVID-19 outbreak

At a time when everyone was escaping the ravaging coronavirus, Dr Simon Pierre Rwaramba, a pastor at the Church of the Nazarene International, found himself stranded at an airport in Arkansas, a US state. With his wife, they were among thousands of other travellers abroad scrambling to get home...

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 12:07am

The youth and their lust for fame

Lust for fame seems to be a human phenomenon that goes as far back as recorded history. In ancient Greece and Rome, people created their gods as very human-like beings, complete with character flaws. Celebrity in Rwanda has always given youths an outlet for their drastic imagination, just as the...

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 12:05am

COVID-19: What to expect when you’re expecting

Pregnancy is a special time full of excitement and anticipation. But for expectant mothers facing the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), fear, anxiety and uncertainty are clouding this otherwise happy time. For example, Angelique Raissa never imagined that she would be giving birth...

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 1:19am

What will it take to have more women in the workforce?

Conversations topping this year’s International Labor Day include the economic gains and downturns, growth and development; GDP (per capita) is the focal point of discussion. With men eminently at the helm of contributing to economic growth – they’re the majority in the labour...

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 12:05am

One woman’s mission to link Made in Rwanda products to African market

In order to set her own footprints in the world of e-commerce, Tadhim Uwizeye established Olado — a domestic online platform that aims at promoting Made in Rwanda products. The growing digitalisation and the rise of mobile alteration stimulated her investment in the online space, and...

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:05am

Life lessons from COVID-19 lockdown

The coronavirus hit the world by surprise, and while it has had negative implications financially, emotionally, and physically, the four week lockdown that was put in place to control the virus, has been nothing close to a funfair. But while we endure the discomfort and pray that things get better...

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 1:44am

Understanding the parent turned teacher

People around the world continue with life under lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result, parents have found themselves grappling with the ‘office at home’, and, taking on a new role as teachers, among other things.  Guaranteed, there is remote help from real...

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 1:02am

How a rural Genocide survivor became a model farmer

Eugenie Mukarubayiza and her family were in Rutsiro District in Western Province, Kibingo sector, with her family, when the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi started. They survived Interahamwe militia in the area and fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo via Lake Kivu.  They got to...

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:08am

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