Women

What causes swelling of feet during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I am in the second trimester of my first pregnancy and it hasn’t been bad so far. The thing is, my feet have started swelling and it does not look good, I can barely fit in my sandals. What causes this and how do I get it to go down?  Lina Dear Lina, Accept my...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 12:54am

Africa Code Week 2019: Empowering young women to promote digital technology

Last week, Kigali hosted this year’s Africa Code Week— a continental digital skills development initiative that seeks to empower the young generation with digital literacy and sustainable learning impact. The forum, a partnership between the Ministry of Education and the Rwanda...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 12:53am

Hands of Mothers: Pulling women out of the pit of sex trade

Her life as a prostitute is now a distant memory. Looking back, she says unfortunate circumstances drove her into that line of work, trading sex at any price as long as it meant helping her and her children survive.  Now 45 years old, Ernestine Mabondo is a mother of four, and says that...

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:06am

KWEZI AND I: The holidays are here

Yay! The holidays are here. Well, not mine, sadly, but whatever is in Kwezi’s interests excites me. I would do anything in her shoes. I mean, from this week until January, this little girl is free. Yes! Free to not wake up very early in the morning. Free not to be subjected to get out of bed...

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:05am

Toxic masculinity and its effects on women empowerment

For a long time, toxic masculinity has become a general explanation for male violence and sexism, triggered by the patriarchal system.  It refers to the socially-constructed attitudes that describe the masculine gender role as violent, unemotional, and sexually aggressive, among others, that...

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:04am

Digital innovation: Why the platform is essential to addressing women challenges

Yvette Mukamwiza, Adrien Biziyaremye and Mathias Kanyandwi developed a ‘digital blind walking stick’ purposely to address some of the challenges faced by women living with disabilities. Because these women face a number of challenges, such as unfriendly infrastructure, societal...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:06am

KWEZI AND I : Living in fears

Kwezi started her end of year examinations this week. I think that she has no idea what this means exactly, because she seems to be confused about why she isn’t being sent home with a homework package. My only attempt towards making her understand that she was in a ‘critical’...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:05am

How can I reduce my breast milk oversupply?

Dear Doctor, How can I control the amount of breast milk I produce? When I am breastfeeding, it pours out and sometimes, makes it hard to feed my baby. I have tried pumping and storing some. I am happy that I can feed my baby but it has also become an inconvenience to me as I resume work soon...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 12:05am

Breast cancer: What is crippling the fight?

October is breast cancer awareness month. It is celebrated with a series of activities that include sharing of videos, tweets, and infographics focusing on the global burden of breast cancer. This is done to help in increasing awareness and support in fighting the disease. And much as such...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:15am

KWEZI AND I: We could be changing schools

Kwezi is completing her first year in school in November 1. I hadn’t really given this whole thing a lot of thought but when I was in bed last night, it hit me. Not only did I make another human being, I actually have raised one for close to five years. On top of that, I am now completing one...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:15am

How do I protect myself from STIs?

Dear Doctor, I have gotten STIs a couple of times and I wonder why. What is the issue? I try to be careful but I think there is more to it. Is it using public toilets? Is there something I may be doing that makes me vulnerable to these infections? Please advise.  Kami Dear Kami,...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:14am

The daunting effects of teenage pregnancy

The rising figures of teenage pregnancies remain a huge concern today. There is a story each teenage mother has to tell, of problems they are facing, or have faced for the disheartening effects of teen pregnancy. These young mothers not only have high risks of serious health complications to...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 12:13am

Talking through Art: Empowering women living with disability

When Jeanne Mukankuranga was 27 years old, an awful car accident sent her entire life in turmoil. She lost her right arm, and accepting this fate was hard. Amidst this struggle, her husband and the father of her three children left her, saying he didn’t want her for a wife anymore. With...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:07am

KWEZI AND I: Is my child bored?

I was telling someone recently that Kwezi is beginning to make me feel old (or is it older?) because all of a sudden, she has become a handful. I already have some grey hair strands that sprang up on me from nowhere, but I think besides what sometimes feels like a series of mild heart attacks, her...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:06am

The dangers of smoking when pregnant

Dear Doctor, I am a smoker and have never really thought about quitting. I just found out I am pregnant and I would like advise on how to stop. What can you recommend as this is not going to be an easy journey for me?  Doreen Dear Doreen, Smoking is an unhealthy habit that affects...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:05am

Tips for a two piece attire

Figuring out what top will go with what bottom can be tiring, if you are putting different items of clothing together. A two piece attire is individual clothing made to be worn together — usually top and bottom are matching — all one has to do is choose the right shoes and...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:04am

Dos and don’ts of wearing a bra

Bras are essential to women. Your hair can be beautiful, outfit great, but there’s still something, off — the bra. Wearing the wrong bra can ruin even the most sophisticated look. Before worrying about hair or make-up, women should definitely think about bra issues first. This...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 12:03am

The role of women in the green economy

Sustainable development has been at the forefront of development agendas all over the world. And with current challenges such as climate change, one of the major strategies in place for this form of development to be achieved is through the concept of facilitating a green economy. A green...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:05am

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

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