Women

What the revised law on abortion means for women empowerment

The NEW PENAL code that came in force last month has seen a number of laws amended and among these is the law on abortion. The new law requires that abortion be carried out after consultation between a woman and her doctor unlike previously when the final decision over whether a woman could have...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:29am

How a nurse is using reading to instill Pan-Africanism among children

Odile Ngozi Odewayi Ogbonnayamoved to Rwanda two years ago. Although a nurse by profession, Odewayi holds a strong passion for reading, which led her to founding the Bookie Book Bop Club, to facilitate the growth of a reading culture in African societies. She had a chat with Women Today’s...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:14am

KWEZI AND I: Everyone needs a break from playing mummy

After three weeks of love, laughter, tears and headaches, I was ready for work but interestingly, I also felt that it was time for Kwezi to have a break of her own. As I was contemplating about making a small window where I can drop her off at the grandparents’ house, my mother and sister...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:07am

Why are my breasts lumpy?

Dear Doctor, My breasts sometimes get lumpy and itchy a few days before my periods. The lumps have become persistent but I’m told that they could mean different things and that I should not be worried of cancer.  What should I do whenever I find lumps and how can I tell if I have a...

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 12:05am

Look simple and chic in a free dress

Your outfit should be able to fully express your mood, even if you are thousands of miles away from home. One of these which can guarantee this is a free dress. Every woman deserves to be special and beautiful, and when they opt for this kind of dress, apart from being assured of that, they...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 11:52pm

Bridging the gender imbalance gap in the medical field

On September 26, President Paul Kagame delivered a Keynote Address as the Chairperson of the African Union at a Panel Discussion on Breast and Cervical Cancer hosted by the Organisation of African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA). The President highlighted the risks brought about by...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 8:27pm

KWEZI AND I: The lessons children teach us about love

The three week break is over and while it had its ups and downs, there is nothing that will ever beat spending time with children. When they are not driving you crazy with their unreasonable and dramatic tantrums, they are teaching you some things about life in their innocent, non-pretentious way...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:38pm

Why can’t I get pregnant?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for years now. However, we have not been successful. We both got checked and it turns out we are fine. The doctor said it will happen and that this is normal. But so much time has passed already that I’m worried I will have the...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:34pm

Friend or foe? How strong is the ‘women supporting women’ movement?

Women are their own worst enemies. This is a line you will come across on many social media platforms with women verbally tearing each other to shreds, over business, work, relationships, among other things.  Strangely, these social battles are waged, in many cases, by the very same women...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:48pm

How long does colic last?

Dear Doctor, My friend’s 10-month-old son seems to still be suffering from colic. The pain only comes at night and it has been like this since he was born. Is this normal? How long should a baby suffer from colic? Anita - Dear Anita, Colic in babies has been a universal problem for...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:47pm

Why am I so insecure?

Dear Counsellor, I don’t consider myself to be beautiful but I’ve been told many times that with the right clothes and a bit of makeup I look very pretty. I do get men leering at me a bit which makes me feel a bit shy, and the ones that come after me aren’t interested in me as a...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:47pm

KWEZI AND I: The three week rollercoaster ride is over

My three weeks of leave come to an end this week. If someone was to ask me how the three weeks went by, I probably wouldn’t have a specific answer. However, I do have a word that can come close to accurately describing this period and that is weird. I spent the first week in hospital where I...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:41pm

Will he ever marry you? Getting your guy to propose

You and your guy may be a better match than Will and Jada, but that won’t make him propose. Psychologist Alon Gratch, PhD, author of If Men Could Talk, reveals the tipping factor that will. Every woman knows how hard it is when she puts in serious time with a guy who refuses to commit......

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:14pm

Parenting: Why your boys should help out with household chores

Parents play an important role in their children’s upbringing, regardless of whether or not they are able to control every factor in their development. Parents are responsible for imparting important life skills to their children like how to clean, how to cook, how to shop, how to budget, and...

Friday, September 21, 2018 - 11:24am

I crave for the weirdest things

Dear Doctor, I am three months pregnant with my first child and I crave for the weirdest things, like the smell of soil after it rains makes me want to eat it.  Is this normal? Nadia - Dear Nadia, Congratulations on your first pregnancy and best wishes for it. It is perfectly normal for...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:20pm

KWEZI AND I: A tribute to a fellow parent

I switched on my phone on Tuesday to find out the heart-breaking news that my friend had passed on. This past Saturday, Tony, as most people fondly referred to him, collapsed shortly after he arrived at a venue where he was scheduled to meet friends. He was rushed to hospital where it was...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 10:01pm

My son’s deadbeat dad is back

Dear Counsellor, I had a brief relationship that resulted in getting knocked up. The day I told him about the pregnancy, he panicked and said he wasn’t ready for the responsibility. He was free to handle the information whichever way he saw fit. And he did — he vanished. The kid is now...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 9:59pm

KWEZI AND I: New issues, newer discoveries

I have heard people say that life is a permanent teacher but I think it needs to be rephrased because if anything, raising a child is like being permanently in class. While the teacher may come and teach something that you know a little about, he or she will on very many occasions make you realise...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:27am

What does local government women network mean for empowerment drive?

Last week, Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) launched a new initiative called Rwanda Network of Women in Local Government. The platform was established to work as an internal mechanism that will facilitate capacity building of for its members in order to enhance effective...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:38am

My husband wants a divorce

Dear Counsellor, After 12 years of marriage, my husband has decided he wants a divorce. It hasn’t been perfect with us, but I didn’t know it was this bad. I want to stay married more than anything else, I just don’t want to be self-centred. He says he feels suffocated and that he...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:04pm