Women

23-year-old designer on telling Rwanda’s story through fashion

Like most creatives, Emmanuel Keza Niyonsenga, loved fashion since childhood. He spent most of his time watching his mother, a tailor, go about her work from start to finish. “I was curious about everything she did. How she cut fabric, sewed it together and designed it to the last product...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 11:44am

Local entrepreneurs share inspiration behind businesses

There is a story behind every entrepreneurial journey. Some entrepreneurs embark on it in search for financial freedom, the need to help others, while others seek to address existing challenges in communities.  People’s Sharon Kantengwa and Donah Mbabazi...

Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 12:03am

Choreographer on promoting fitness through dance

Nadege Rusamaza does not recall her life without dance as the common feature. Dance for her is more than just a mere term. “It’s like a lifestyle. It has been my best friend, and a way of therapy because you cannot dance and stay sad. Dance brings people together, reduces anxiety and...

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 6:57am

Make her better to make the world better

There is an intolerable stench emanating from the societal fabric today. A filth in wealth held by a small class of elites who are always in a perpetual contest to gain superiority as they run the world at remote control. Issues like climate change action, and disarmament that could curb threats to...

Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 12:06am

Vegan group on why lifestyle is more than just a diet

El-Rahim Jaffer strongly believes in a number of causes behind veganism, but only one motivated him to become a vegan — to fight for animal rights and their protection. He stretched out his cause by creating Rwanda Humane Society- a vegan group whose vision is to treat animals with...

Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 12:27am

Female motorbike rider on ‘gear shifting’ stereotypes

Marie Louise Karegeya is not your ordinary girl. As a female motorcyclist, she is flaring up courage and a spirit of adventure among fellow women. Karegeya goes on with her daily routine as swiftly as you would any other job -pursuing and transporting passengers.  Her main areas of work...

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 12:09am

Blogger on sharing adventure in a book

After a study trip with their classmates, Sandrine Bwiza, a finance officer at Imagine We Rwanda, a blogger and writer, together with her friend soon had an unexpected four-day adventure after they were forgotten and left behind. She published a book ‘After the Bus Left’, that tells of...

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 12:08am

A surgeon’s tale on the gratifying impact of plastic surgery

Col Dr Charles Furaha wakes up each morning with a desire to change yet another life. As a plastic surgeon, he has dealt with the restoration, reconstruction and the alteration of the human body-handling cases that range from tummy tucks, liposuction, breast reductions and thermocoagulation for...

Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 12:11am

German students on connecting with Rwandan youth through skating

Skating in Germany is one of sports that gives a completely new feeling of togetherness that in some cities, young people use skateboards as small means of transport. However, instead of disposing off old skateboards, the students of HLA Gernsbach, a commercial vocational school located in the...

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 12:04am

Empowering women entrepreneurs for economic recovery

The coronavirus pandemic has had an enormous effect on global economies. This is evidenced in the reduced economic and social activities as well as affected revenues. Countering this disastrous impact requires a coordinated and balanced set of interventions. And among these, is women...

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 12:03am

Starting a bakery: An entrepreneur’s experience

One of the things that drew Jean Pierre Mugwaneza to the pastry profession was a knack for creativity that he wanted to share with the world. “I have always loved baking, it’s something that I have always been passionate about, that’s why I decided to pursue it as my profession...

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 12:02am

Local art gallery defying limits of expression through art

The spirit of art brought together a group of eleven young people with a speech impairment to bridge the gap between society and the deaf community. Their art gallery would be the stage to apply their creative skills and imaginations. And indeed it is serving its purpose; apart from developing...

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 12:27am

Teaching in the face of a pandemic: An educator shares her experience

In the face of Covid-19, children have been affected by school closures and lockdowns. Mostly affected are children from vulnerable families that cannot access reliable internet or devices such as laptops, to aid their virtual school learning programme. For this reason, Rwanda Education Board,...

Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 12:04am

All-female exhibition celebrates women’s place in art industry

Several beautiful artworks were on display when I recently visited Rwanda Art Museum- Kanombe, but this one-piece distinctively stood out for me. It had a simplicity that portrayed a homestead with women and men mingling as they went on with their daily lives. However, there was something about its...

Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 7:48pm

Student on championing girls’ empowerment and fighting teen pregnancies

Teen pregnancy and childbearing has remained a daunting challenge for society. A number of interventions and programmes have been invested in; empowerment and sensitisation campaigns have been carried out, but the issue persists. Nonetheless activists are still relentless in their fight. One of...

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 11:38am

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...

Sunday, July 5, 2020 - 2:05pm

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

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