Women

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

Are we losing the fight against teen pregnancies?

The Government of Rwanda has made the fight against teenage pregnancies a top priority. This commitment is evidenced by a policy framework that creates an environment aiming to fight this vice. Campaigns such as ‘Baho Neza Integrated Health Campaign’ have been put in place and one of...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:07pm

How women on Gihaya Island are ‘paddling’ their way out of poverty

There’s a light breeze at the shores of Lake Kivu. I am at Gihaya Island in Rusizi District, and the women I encounter at the shore are the epitome of diligence. On their canoes, they traverse the lake, grinding and paddling all day as they transport passengers, attend to tourists and...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 12:10am

‘Gender equity should be based on complementarity’

Joyeuse Victoire Umukunzi is a prominent advocate of gender equity and inclusion. She has served as a gender minister at the University of Rwanda, president of Girls’ Leadership Forum at the same University and she is a member of Impanuro Girls Initiative, a non-government organisation that...

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 12:09am

#FreeThePeriod Initiative: Championing the fight against period poverty

For many girls, life is put on hold when they get their period. On top of the pain and discomfort, they can’t access period products and in order to deal with the menstrual flow, some use old cloths, toilet paper, newspapers or even tree leaves. They literally use anything that would help...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:13am

KWEZI AND I: I need more time in my day

I woke up sometime this week to a profound quote posted by a friend on Facebook. I can’t remember the exact words but I remember that the anonymous quote was referring to how annoying it is that some people can do anything for anyone but can’t be parents to their own children. How...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:12am

How one woman is facilitating survival for single mothers in the Diaspora

Anne Marie Mukankusi has been living in the United States for over 23 years. She left the country after losing her parents during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.  As a single mother living in a foreign country, she has witnessed first-hand the hurdles that come with seeking survival...

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 12:11am

Sistah Circle Collective: Creating a just and safe space for women

Out of the need for a space that explores the complexities of black womanhood and their interaction with different systemic structures, Sistah Circle Collective was established. It is maintained by a group of six women that are set to change women’s narrative in society. The circle aims to...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:04am

KWEZI AND I : When moving on is hard

Almost a month ago when Kwezi’s nanny announced her departure, I was upset that she was leaving and that she hadn’t given me enough time to find a replacement. I was also disappointed that she had broken her promise of being with us for four years. Looking back, this is now actually...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:03am

Why is my body itchy?

Dear Doctor, For the last five days, when it is really warm, my skin itches a lot. Is it something I should be concerned about? Salma Dear Salma Is the itching present all over your body or it is localised to moist parts like hands, underarms, thighs, etc.?  Is there associated...

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 12:02am

Muragijimana on physical disability and a passion for journalism

Joselyne Muragijimana had a rough childhood; as a child living with ill health, she recalls the challenges all too well. And how she became disabled, remains a mystery. It started in 2006; she was playing with classmates on that fateful day, she just collapsed. Muragijimana has been in a...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 12:10am