Women

The youth and their lust for fame

Lust for fame seems to be a human phenomenon that goes as far back as recorded history. In ancient Greece and Rome, people created their gods as very human-like beings, complete with character flaws. Celebrity in Rwanda has always given youths an outlet for their drastic imagination, just as the...

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 12:05am

COVID-19: What to expect when you’re expecting

Pregnancy is a special time full of excitement and anticipation. But for expectant mothers facing the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), fear, anxiety and uncertainty are clouding this otherwise happy time. For example, Angelique Raissa never imagined that she would be giving birth...

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 1:19am

What will it take to have more women in the workforce?

Conversations topping this year’s International Labor Day include the economic gains and downturns, growth and development; GDP (per capita) is the focal point of discussion. With men eminently at the helm of contributing to economic growth – they’re the majority in the labour...

Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 12:05am

One woman’s mission to link Made in Rwanda products to African market

In order to set her own footprints in the world of e-commerce, Tadhim Uwizeye established Olado — a domestic online platform that aims at promoting Made in Rwanda products. The growing digitalisation and the rise of mobile alteration stimulated her investment in the online space, and...

Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 12:05am

Life lessons from COVID-19 lockdown

The coronavirus hit the world by surprise, and while it has had negative implications financially, emotionally, and physically, the four week lockdown that was put in place to control the virus, has been nothing close to a funfair. But while we endure the discomfort and pray that things get better...

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 1:44am

Understanding the parent turned teacher

People around the world continue with life under lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result, parents have found themselves grappling with the ‘office at home’, and, taking on a new role as teachers, among other things.  Guaranteed, there is remote help from real...

Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 1:02am

How a rural Genocide survivor became a model farmer

Eugenie Mukarubayiza and her family were in Rutsiro District in Western Province, Kibingo sector, with her family, when the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi started. They survived Interahamwe militia in the area and fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo via Lake Kivu.  They got to...

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:08am

A trio’s vision to promote peace through youth camps

26 years after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda’s youth grapple with challenges like genocide ideology, which if not addressed can breed further disruptiveness. Realising the need in Rwanda, particularly among high school students, for conflict resolution and peace education...

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:07am

Genocide survivor on helping others through therapy

Our interview was done over the phone but even then, it was easy to sense Emmanuella Mahoro’s grit and composure. As a survivor of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, she believes that the ink never really dries on any of our experiences. This is why she looks back at her past with a...

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:06am

Blood clot means alarm bells

She twisted her her ankle while wearing high heel shoes and died. The woman was 27, and daughter of a Ugandan legislator. It emerged that the young woman suffered a blood clot on the leg during the incident. Many people have lost their lives due to blood clots which many ignore and take...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 9:18am

Heavy menstrual periods could be a sign of Uterine Fibroids

Often, women who experience heavy menstrual periods during that time of the month tend to ignore this or think it’s okay. However, sometimes heavy menstrual periods could be a sign of uterine fibroids, doctors warn. Fibroids are non-cancerous growths in the womb that sometimes cause...

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 9:17am

A Genocide survivor’s will to empower former street children

As a Genocide survivor, Maurice Kwizerimana witnessed what most children had to go through during and after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. He saw the suffering they had to endure to sustain themselves, especially those who had lost parents.  The kids had to endure dangerous living...

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:06am

Obesity and stigma: A woman’s journey to a healthy lifestyle

It all started when she had just given birth to her second child. Her weight began to escalate and as a result, she began experiencing chronic back problems. “I found difficulty in even small things like bathing. The doctors said that obesity was the sole cause and advised me to lose...

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:05am

One woman’s goal to transform the cosmetic industry using local products

In the wake of the worrying new coronavirus (COVID-19), Natacha Baranyuzwe, a pharmacist, is, among other things, using her professional and entrepreneurial skills to save the lives of fellow Rwandans. With the use of bidens pilosa (inyabarasanya), a medicinal plant, she is making hand...

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:18am

Empowering vulnerable women and curbing unemployment: An activist’s vision

Violet Busingye has always longed to be a pillar of empowerment of vulnerable women, to enable them become financially independent. Her vision is a world where underprivileged women start up their own business and culminate unemployment. In 2018, her dream took shape. She was financially...

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:17am

You do not need to be rich to make a difference, says 24-year-old humanitarian

As a teenager, whenever she was given money for upkeep at school or to braid her hair, she would instead buy scholastic materials for poor kids in her neighbourhood. In doing this, Gloria Gatsinzi, now 24, realised that helping vulnerable kids go to school was her calling. “It became a...

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 12:22am

Men should be women empowerment agents, says feminist Ndagijimana

25-year-old Anastase Ndagijimana is a proud feminist who strives to improve gender and social inclusion through the fight against gender-based violence. Through his organisation, We Got Your Back, he works to create a society free from gender-based violence through the ‘boys and men engage...

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 12:21am

How food labels inspired one woman’s dietetic profession

Growing up, Leah Mfiteyesu wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. She was eventually admitted to University of Rwanda to do pharmacy, since she did not want to do medicine. When a new course, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, was introduced, it was a dream come true for her that she...

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 2:29pm

Meet the couple nurturing character development to help Rwandan youth build society

Eight years ago, Matt and Andrea Miller moved to Rwanda with a mission to boost the country’s education sector. They strived for a school where Rwandans and other students can learn to think, create and innovate in a loving community rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. They also...

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 12:07am

My life as a ‘little person’ - Esther Mukampogazi

What is it like to leave home when you have restrictive growth disorder and live in a world geared towards people much taller than you? Esther Mukampogazi says she has known nothing but ridicule and contempt all her life. As a young woman who was born with dwarfism — a condition of short...

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 12:19am

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