Women

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

Arahirwa Foundation: Helping people living with disabilities find their way

Chantal Mujawamariya is 19 years old; her parents passed away when she was very young, and surviving as an orphan has been a challenge, to say the least. With her daily struggles that include physical disability, accessing the basics in life, such as education, have been an elusive dream at best....

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:17am

Is smoking more harmful to a woman?

Dear Doctor, I have been smoking for six years now. My friends tell me all sorts of stuff. Is smoking really more dangerous for a woman than it is a man? How so?  Anne Dear Anne, Smoking is not at all healthy for men or women.  Nicotine is the main ingredient present in...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:16am

Fashion: Out with the old, in with the new

The fashion industry is constantly changing. And many will agree that 2019 was yet another fashionable year, with glamour and bold style statements galore. Although not everyone can afford buying clothes from famous designers, if you know what items are preferred and how to match them, then you can...

Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 12:14am

The wretched of the earth…. but who cares?!

I drive past these semi-permanent houses on my way to work. Each time I see a little boy in the same dirty rugged cloths, playing with younger, seemingly better dressed children. I wonder if he goes to school or has parents. The Ghetto song (1969 by Elvis Presley) comes to mind, increasing my sense...

Saturday, January 4, 2020 - 2:22pm

22-year-old entrepreneur on juggling two degrees and a business

As our appointment time approached, and we were just a stone throw away from the agreed meeting point, the lady I was to meet, Daniella Ngarambe, suggested a corner for us to sit. Given her age, it is safe to say that she has quite a fascinating story.  Myth or fact, it is said that women...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:33am

Breast cancer: What should I look out for?

Dear Doctor, I am 23 years old and worried about breast cancer as it runs in my family. I haven’t had any check-ups yet. Should I start now? How often should I go and what signs should I look out for? Sarah Dear Sarah, Breast cancer does tend to occur due to hereditary factors...

Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 12:14am

“Feeling with” vs “dealing with” your child

BEING a parent of three children and working with different parents from all walks of life, parents who feel stuck with their children and unsure of what to do with them, I can confidently say that, parenting can be a daunting process, even more so when parenting children whose emotions run high....

Monday, December 30, 2019 - 12:43pm

The milestones of women empowerment in 2019

The empowerment and self-sufficiency of women is highly significant. This is why in the past years the fight for gender equity has been put at the front, and this journey has seen improvement of women’s livelihoods. This year in particular has seen more tremendous milestones, such as women...

Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 12:14am

What are risks of standing in front of microwave?

I have heard that standing near a microwave and absorbing the radiation it emits can cause serious damage to a woman’s health. How true is this? Pam Dear Pam, Microwave ovens are really very convenient for cooking and heating precooked food. Use is economical both in terms of time...

Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 12:13am

The consequences of gender inequality

Barely 18 years old, Doris, (name withheld) left her home due to poverty to find means of survival. Shortly after she left home, she was defiled and impregnated. While she was shunned away and became the laughing stock in her village, the father of her child walked around scot-free. With no...

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 12:15am

How do I fix bad teenage body odour?

Dear Doctor, My teenage daughter sweats so much and her sweat smells bad no matter what. She takes regular baths, uses deodorant but after a brief walk, it gets worse. Why can’t it go away permanently? Liz Dear Liz, How long has your teenage daughter had this problem? Has it been...

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 12:13am

Gender-responsive budgeting: a tough pill for ministries to swallow

A study conducted on five high-spending ministries and five districts by Rwanda Civil Society Platform (RCSP) in partnership with Trocaire Rwanda points at loopholes in their Gender Budget Statements (GBSs). GBS is a tool to drive and track the closing of gender gaps across all sectors...

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 12:52pm

How digital platforms hasten women’s economic empowerment

A Pan-African networking platform was launched in the country at the recently concluded Global Gender Summit. The platform — ‘The 50 Million African Women Speak (50MAWS)’ is basically a web and mobile-based application that is set to boost business activities, as it aims at...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 12:15am

Why do I feel bloated during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal to be gassy during pregnancy?  I constantly feel bloated, gassy, and sometimes, it is hard to control which can be embarrassing. What causes this? Will it stop eventually? Hanifah Dear Hanifah, Is this your first pregnancy? If not, did you have a similar...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 12:14am

Defilement: The cost of ‘looking the other way’

Last month, prosecution revealed that it received 3,363 child defilement cases in the fiscal year 2018/2019. These cases rose from 2000 in the previous year. Upon conviction, a person who commits child defilement is liable to imprisonment for a period of not less than 20 years and not more than...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:06am

How can I make menstrual distress bearable?

Dear Doctor, My breasts really swell during my period and I get the worst cramps. I try to avoid work during those days but I have an inconsiderate boss. What can I do to make my ordeal more bearable? Annet Dear Annet, Sorry to hear about your suffering and the boss being inconsiderate...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:05am

What is the purpose of my life?

Dear Counsellor, I graduated from university last year and I still haven’t found what I am interested in doing. I stay with my parents and they are very patient with me, however, I do not think that will last long. I do not see myself working in the field I majored in and nothing seems...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:05am

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