Women

Breast cancer: What is crippling the fight?

October is breast cancer awareness month. It is celebrated with a series of activities that include sharing of videos, tweets, and infographics focusing on the global burden of breast cancer. This is done to help in increasing awareness and support in fighting the disease. And much as such...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:15am

KWEZI AND I: We could be changing schools

Kwezi is completing her first year in school in November 1. I hadn’t really given this whole thing a lot of thought but when I was in bed last night, it hit me. Not only did I make another human being, I actually have raised one for close to five years. On top of that, I am now completing one...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:15am

How do I protect myself from STIs?

Dear Doctor, I have gotten STIs a couple of times and I wonder why. What is the issue? I try to be careful but I think there is more to it. Is it using public toilets? Is there something I may be doing that makes me vulnerable to these infections? Please advise.  Kami Dear Kami,...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:14am

The daunting effects of teenage pregnancy

The rising figures of teenage pregnancies remain a huge concern today. There is a story each teenage mother has to tell, of problems they are facing, or have faced for the disheartening effects of teen pregnancy. These young mothers not only have high risks of serious health complications to...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:13am

Talking through Art: Empowering women living with disability

When Jeanne Mukankuranga was 27 years old, an awful car accident sent her entire life in turmoil. She lost her right arm, and accepting this fate was hard. Amidst this struggle, her husband and the father of her three children left her, saying he didn’t want her for a wife anymore. With...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:07am

KWEZI AND I: Is my child bored?

I was telling someone recently that Kwezi is beginning to make me feel old (or is it older?) because all of a sudden, she has become a handful. I already have some grey hair strands that sprang up on me from nowhere, but I think besides what sometimes feels like a series of mild heart attacks, her...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:06am

The dangers of smoking when pregnant

Dear Doctor, I am a smoker and have never really thought about quitting. I just found out I am pregnant and I would like advise on how to stop. What can you recommend as this is not going to be an easy journey for me?  Doreen Dear Doreen, Smoking is an unhealthy habit that affects...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:05am

Tips for a two piece attire

Figuring out what top will go with what bottom can be tiring, if you are putting different items of clothing together. A two piece attire is individual clothing made to be worn together — usually top and bottom are matching — all one has to do is choose the right shoes and...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:04am

Dos and don’ts of wearing a bra

Bras are essential to women. Your hair can be beautiful, outfit great, but there’s still something, off — the bra. Wearing the wrong bra can ruin even the most sophisticated look. Before worrying about hair or make-up, women should definitely think about bra issues first. This...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:03am

The role of women in the green economy

Sustainable development has been at the forefront of development agendas all over the world. And with current challenges such as climate change, one of the major strategies in place for this form of development to be achieved is through the concept of facilitating a green economy. A green...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:05am

What causes ovarian cysts?

Dear Doctor, I recently learnt of ovarian cysts and how they rupture. What is the main cause of ovarian cyst?  What are the symptoms of a burst ovarian cyst and how is it fixed? Can this be avoided? Miriam Dear Miriam, Ovarian cysts are fluid filled sacs present over the surface or...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:04am

KWEZI AND I : Bad flu has incapacitated us

Kwezi and I have a lot in common, save for when it comes to the weather. I love this season that is cold and rainy. I always feel like I am not living my life to its full potential when it’s hot. I am tired by midday and every room smells stuffy and humid. It is a totally different story...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:03am

Slim n’ fit: Giving a boost to women struggling to lose weight

Being overweight and obesity are not only seen as a major cause of sickness, they also trigger with low self-esteem, depression and stress. But one woman is determined to help many others thanks to her health and fitness programme. A few years ago, weighing over 105 kgs, Florence Uwamwezi,...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:22am

KWEZI AND I: Kwezi finally moves on

Solange, the first local nanny to work for us, made one month with us a few days ago. She surprised me and erased all my biases against local nannies and for that, I am thankful. Her one month anniversary also came with what many may view as something small but an actually big milestone to me....

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:08am

How do I tighten stomach after childbirth?

Dear Doctor, I had my first child three months ago and it was a natural birth. I have since tried to get back into shape and nothing seems to help the sagging tummy. I try to exercise on a regular basis and watch what I eat, but there are no results. What am I not doing right? Is there anything...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:07am

Tips for flawless natural hair growth

Natural hair is a trend that will never dwindle. Whether short or long, natural hair is a pure and effortless look. It can work for any occasion, depending on how you choose to style it.  As someone with natural hair, my view is that if you want to spend less on hair and still look...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 12:06am

UMUCYO: Steering vulnerable women towards a more hopeful future

Single mothers need to be empowered, with access to sexual and reproductive health facilities and education, among other things; and this is exactly what Rwanda Village Community Promoters (RVCP), a non-government, voluntary organisation run by students at the University of Rwanda (UR), is doing...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:05am

KWEZI AND I: And suddenly, we are bedwetting again

This week I was hit by a dilemma. Everything seemed to be in order as far as Kwezi and I are concerned, until her teachers informed me that she has been wetting her bed during afternoon naps. To say that I was surprised is an understatement. Kwezi stopped wetting her bed around the time she stopped...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:04am

What causes prolonged menstrual bleeding?

Dear Doctor, My period usually lasts longer than a week, however, this month, it has gone beyond that. I have had it for over two weeks now and the bleeding is heavier than usual. This is accompanied by dizziness and nausea. Is this something I should worry about? Lyna Dear Lyna, What...

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:03am

Add spunk to your look with jewellery

Pulling off a bold but fantastic appearance doesn’t come effortlessly, so one must be careful. There is the process of choosing what item of clothing pairs well with certain shoes, and of course, accessories.   Many women are passionate about jewellery as it epitomises femininity....

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:02am