Women

KWEZI AND I: Venturing into the dating scene

Dating in 2018 is not hard, it is almost a task. The dynamics of two people working on committing to each other today is not what it was before the arrival of smart phones and social media. Things seem to be getting worse by the day. But if you thought dating is hard when you are single,...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:30pm

Engagement woes

Dear Counsellor, I got engaged to a wonderful woman after a year of courtship. We met as students at university. We have great chemistry.  However, I was never fully accepted by her parents. At best, I was tolerated, but I was civil towards them. Things got bad when I proposed to her and she...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:07pm

How can I deal with morning sickness?

Dear Doctor, I’m pregnant with my second child and get really bad morning sickness. Are there any home remedies I could try to feel better?  Natasha - Dear Natasha,   Pregnancy is a joyous occasion for many women all over the world. However, this pleasure is affected by...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 9:32pm

Contrary to popular opinion, feminists make the best partners

Feminists have got the misconstrued reputation of being angry radical misandrists who have no business being in relationships. People who think these things are either patriarchs or they have interacted with selfish women disguised as feminists (unfortunately there are many of them out there). In...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:09pm

The plight of working women living with disabilities

Life is an everyday struggle for visually impaired 52-year-old Patricia Nsabyimana. Nonetheless, she does her best to endure. Nsabyimana is a tailor, and she relies on her sense of touch to make school sweaters for various institutes. Her work, she says, isn’t easy because of the numerous...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 10:02pm

I’m not ready to be a stepmother

Dear Counsellor, I met a man and fell in love but later discovered he has a son. We moved in together and the child has been living with his sister. Problem is, he now wants to bring him to live with us because he does not want the mother to see him. He says she abandoned the boy when he was a...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 10:00pm

Alcohol and breastfeeding: What are the risks?

Dear Doctor, I am still breastfeeding a 6-month-old baby and I haven’t really been out since I gave birth. I was wondering, how soon can I have an alcoholic drink and when is it safe to breastfeed after I’ve taken some alcohol? Lucy - Dear Lucy, What you are experiencing is...

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 9:48pm

The resilience and rise of vulnerable women in Huye

Nine years ago, Iberata Mukashyaka’s family lived in extreme poverty. With no stable source of income, her children often went hungry and she could barely afford to clothe or give them an education. Her husband is handicapped, he was unable to support them, and so for years, Mukashyaka spent...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:24pm

What are the risks of having a baby late?

Dear Doctor, I am 38 years old and hope to have children someday. However, being single makes me worry that I am running out of time. What are the dangers of having a baby at my age or even in my 40s?  Clarisse - Dear Clarisse, Many women plan for a family after completing their education...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:16pm

KWEZI AND I: A diva is born

Kwezi is back from her grandparents’ home where she has been for a good three weeks. This year, I made a promise to myself that since I don’t get to see my parents as much as I would love to, I will give them Kwezi to fill the void. It is safe to say that I am using my child to fill a...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:56pm

Women are only after my money

Dear Counsellor, I am in my 30s and I have been working abroad for eight years but travel back once in a while. When I am in the country, I try to meet a woman who is serious about settling down but I have realised all who agree to date me are after my money. I have also tried dating African women...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:48pm

The misinterpretation of feminism

When the ‘wave’ of feminism began at the end of the 19th Century, it was associated with the ideas and actions of the women’s liberation movement. Activism focused primarily on gaining political power, although some feminists were active in campaigning for women’s sexual,...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:52am

How one woman strives to give vulnerable children a better life

For 20 years, Anonciata Nakabonye has been taking care of vulnerable children, some orphans, and others, former street kids. Her four-room house situated in the suburb of Busanza, Kicukiro District, is where the once homeless and abandoned children now reside. A single mother, Nakabonye...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:23am

KWEZI AND I... Following in traditional steps

I am very old school when dealing with some aspects of my everyday life. I was raised by traditional parents. My mother raised us the way most children are in a typical African family. I was and I am still in awe of her. Strong. Focused. Dedicated. And most importantly, a fixer of all problems....

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:38pm

Independent but lonely

Dear Counsellor, I am 36 years old and doing very well in my career. I have worked hard to be successful in the corporate world but I feel like this is the reason I am still single. A colleague once told me that ‘I am my own man’ because I’m too independent and that men are...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:35pm

How long should a mother breastfeed?

Dear Doctor, My sister still breastfeeds her three year old daughter. I feel like this is too long. When is the right time to stop breastfeeding? Anita Dear Anita, Breastfeeding has many advantages for the baby as well as the mother. Breast milk provides necessary nutrients like calcium,...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:17pm

Foods that help you stay hydrated

Eat your water According to the old rule of thumb, you’re supposed to drink eight glasses of water per day (and some experts recommend even more). That can seem like a daunting task on some days, but here’s the catch: You don’t have to drink all that water. Roughly 20% of our...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:13pm

Veggie-packed meatloaf

You can make this lean and delicious recipe with your choice of ground turkey or chicken. The mix can also be baked in meatball form: Simply roll it into 30 meatballs and bake 20 to 25 minutes, turning the meatballs once. Prep: 20 m COOK: 55 m Ready in: 1h20 m Ingredients 1 onion,...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:11pm

Battle for women’s Cecafa title goes down to the wire

Today Ethiopia    Vs   Tanzania 2pm Rwanda    Vs  Kenya 4:30pm Wednesday Kenya      0-1       Ethiopia Uganda   2-2       Rwanda Rwanda national women...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 1:26am

Meet 23-year-old Imanishimwe, the ‘carpentry queen’

Her peers call her ‘queen’ because that is what her first name means. Being one of the very few and dedicated women in her line of work, Reine Imanishimwe goes by another title — Carpentry Queen. Imanishimwe is a wood innovator and carpenter. Using her own designs, she can...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 1:14am