Women

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

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

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