Women

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

How can I deal with breastfeeding pain?

Dear Doctor, It has been two months of breastfeeding so far but my nipples still hurt. I thought it would’ve gone down by now. This is really making me hate the experience yet it is supposed to be a beautiful bonding time with my baby. Will it stop, and when? What can I do to make it...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 12:09am

KWEZI AND I: Have we finally caught a break?

After celebrating finding the perfect nanny several times and being disappointed again and again, we have found a new one and I can’t really describe how I feel. That said, we are a positive duo and the addition of Solange to our family unit on Tuesday is a very welcome one. Solange...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 12:08am

Circle skirts; a trend for all ages

Do you want to stay ahead of the fashion curve? The round skirt will help you accomplish that. The round skirt is sexy and a trend that is not about to ‘fall’ as it works for all ages, body shapes and sizes.   You can wear one with a snug top, tucked in. A basic button-up, snug...

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 12:07am

Ashimwe on defying societal labels of people living with disabilities

HER tweet caught my attention. 19-year-old Ange Theonastine Ashimwe was narrating the ordeal she encountered with security guards at the recent inauguration event of the Kigali Arena; she had been barred from using the elevator because she was in a wheel chair. As a young woman living with...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:05am

How can a pregnant woman get rid of anaemia?

Dear Doctor, I am in still in the first trimester of my first pregnancy and I recently found out that I am anaemic. I was advised to eat more vegetables to fix this. As a doctor, what do you recommend? Jennifer Dear Jennifer, IRON and vitamin B12 (component of vitamin B. complex)...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:02am

The return of high waisted pants

LIKE many other phased-out fashion trends, the industry has welcomed back the prodigal son of pants —high waisted pants. High waisted jeans or formal pants should be in the wardrobe of any woman who cares about style. They look great on different body shapes depending on what you wear them...

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:01am

Faith Victory Association: Restoring hope for vulnerable women

Jackline Numukobwa can now feed her family. Her children are guaranteed to have a meal and a place to call home. Unfortunately this was not always the case because she and the husband were jobless and entirely depended on farming, something that did not ease survival for their family. ...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:37am

We should improve fairness and safety in the digital world- Akaliza

A few weeks ago, Rwandan IT entrepreneur and advocate Akaliza Keza Ntwari, was awarded with the honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. She holds a degree in Multimedia Technology and Design at the same university. Akaliza was selected, among others, for her...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:17am

Why are my menses so irregular?

Dear Doctor, I have irregular menses. My periods come every two weeks and the flow is heavy and lasts for over a week. I have never gone for check-up but I am starting to worry if this could be a medical condition that needs urgent attention. Kate Dear Kate, What is your age? For how long have...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:16am

How to pull off a dungaree outfit

Ever heard about dungaree outfits? These are overall dresses and trousers and most of the time made of denim. The outfit has been around in the world of fashion for ages and still rocks up to date, the great thing about them is that they can be worn as both casual and formal wear, and in...

Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 12:15am

How a medic’s experience inspired her to help vulnerable women

When she was pregnant with her second child, Diane Mukasahaha learned that her unborn child had a medical condition. The difficulty needed close monitoring and following up to ensure she carried the pregnancy to full term without complications. The news came as a shock to the then mother-of-four,...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:07am

KWEZI AND I: The unsettling nanny goodbyes

There is nothing that really throws mothers off balance like waking up to the nanny’s sudden announcement that she is resigning from her duties. When the nanny announced that she was leaving, I thought that it was some sort of joke, but I was finding it hard to trace even an ounce of humour...

Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 12:06am

The grief of a young widow

Early this year, a local pastor chose to remarry after losing her husband and the father to her three children. As a young woman in her late thirties, her husband had passed on due to health complications and she had waited for over four years to get married again, however, this didn’t save...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:08am

KWEZI AND I: The birth of a chatterbox

I have been looking forward to the day Kwezi begins to talk properly. What we have been doing are just a few clear words and other things that sounded like Chinese. I was curious about what kind of things she would be saying, the questions that she would be asking and her pronunciation of words....

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:07am

What should I know about breast cancer?

Dear Doctor, I have breast cancer, recently diagnosed. I am trying to find out as much as possible so I can make informed choices about my treatment. I am overwhelmed by the information available on the internet. Can you recommend any reliable source of information?  Barbara Dear Barbara...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:06am

The skater dress; a casual meets formal look

Trendy, stylish and comfortable, the dress comes in different sizes and designs, giving one numerous options on how to pull it off. For an outfit that provides comfort and fashion, go for a skater dress. Many women want to look elegant and stylish, and the skater dress guarantees this. The...

Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 12:05am

Tushabe and the saxophone: A game changer in the music industry

A group of musicians, poets and dancers staged an outstanding performance at the recent celebrations of Liberation Day held at Amahoro Stadium. Among the performers, was Stella Tushabe, an exceptional saxophonist, whose skill defined and set the tune for the performance. The mix of her mellow and...

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 1:07pm