Women

Letter from the editor

Dear readers, 2014, like every other year, has had its ups and downs. It has been a year of disappointment, struggles, but at the same time, triumph and beating the odds. From frustrated beauty queens to inspiring breast cancer survivors, we take a look at the women who made an impact this year...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:00am

My cough worries me

Dear Doctor, I have had cough for the past two months and I’m currently recovering from a second chest infection. Ever since I completed a dose of amoxicillin and doxycycline antibiotics, I’ve had a productive cough. I also have pain in the right side of my back which is very painful especially...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:00am

Nutrition: Liver: Nature's most potent super food

Conventional dietary wisdom holds that the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements) we need from foods are most highly concentrated in fruits and vegetables. While it’s true that fresh fruits and veggies are full of vitamins and minerals, their micronutrient content doesn’...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:00am

In the kitchen: Nyamirambo's Asusa

As far as eating out goes, Nyamirambo can comfortably take pride in its own home-based dish, Asusa. Called the “Nyamirambo special liver sauce”, it is a simple meal of beef liver and chapatti that traces its origin to Biryogo town in central Nyamirambo. Ayub Hakizimana, a local cook...

Thursday, December 18, 2014 - 12:00am

Story of Mukarubega: The woman who built a business empire with just Rwf5000

Her journey is a fairy tale characterised by perseverance and patience. Zulfat Mukarubega the founder of Rwanda Tourism University College (RTUC) has changed the face of the hospitality industry. As the brain behind the first and only tourism university in the country, her story is not only...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Domestic violence: When women turn the heat on their men

Alice Uwineza thought she had found true love. But it turned out to be as brief as her 7-day honey moon. Three months into her marriage, Uwineza came face to face with a stranger in the man she had seen as her soul mate.  She was physically and emotionally abused. Her once blossoming relationship...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00am

My friend is in a dangerous marriage

My friend has been married for almost 10 years now. However, her husband is a serial cheat and everyone knows it, sadly, including her. The man sleeps around with any woman willing to go along with it. He is attractive so it is easy for him to get women. My biggest worry is my friend insists on...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Why does my body itch?

Dear, I always feel itchy after I take a bath. It doesn’t matter whether the water is cold or warm. When I was younger, I used to think I was allergic to water, which would make people laugh. But I’m not the only one, I have asked around and some people I know also have the same thing. What is it...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Letter of the week

Reference to the story Woes of living with HIV as a woman’, The New Times, December, 4 2014 Editor, Last week, the world over celebrated World Aids Day. In the same spirit, Women Today published a story last week of one woman, Daphrose Mushimiyimana, who was infected with HIV/Aids by her...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Letter from the editor

Dear readers, “We are not punching bags”, activists have said over the years. However, for some, it is easy to walk the streets in protest of such behaviour; after all, they are independent, or perhaps they did not marry men whose manners make even the most uncivilised of animals...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Nutrition: Snacks with staying power

If you’re fighting the urge to nap on your desk after lunch, then maybe that midday cup of coffee just isn’t cutting it. Try these; Lemon water It may not sound simple, but sipping water with lemon (cold or hot) is known to provide energy. One of the biggest forms of fatigue is...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00am

In the kitchen: Deep fried yams

Abdul-Akin Habineza, chef at Mama Boy’s restaurant in Nyabugogo says the fried yam shouldn’t change the taste of the yams.  “The fried yam is in such a way that the outside is crunchy while the inside is moist. It is mostly used as a breakfast meal with omelettes, tomato...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 12:00am

Woes of living with HIV as a woman

World Aids Day is marked globally on December 1. This is a day that brings bad memories for many women living with HIV/Aids. For many it reminds them of the agony and pain they went through after contracting HIV at the hands of their unfaithful spouses or rape during the 1994 Genocide against the...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Meet Kamanzi, the batik design specialist

When you talk about batik art and other forms of hand printing on textile in Rwanda, one company immediately comes to mind, and that is Glo Creations.  Glo Creations is a textile company that designs a variety of patterns on textiles as well as making fashionable clothing, and home décor items....

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00am

My family is driving me to suicide

I can’t take it anymore, I really can’t. I am 16 years old and all my life, for as long as I can remember none of my siblings seems to like me. They call me names and never pass off a chance to tease me. They say I’m an embarrassment to the family and the stress is about to kill me. My hair is...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Letter from the editor

Dear readers, As some people say today, HIV isn’t a death sentence anymore. True as this might be, is it any reason for anyone to live carelessly? Even with drugs provided in the unfortunate event that one has contracted the dreadful disease, caution is still every bit as necessary as it was...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Ask the doctor: Is my backache permanent?

Dear Doctor, I gave birth seven months ago and I had no problem until recently when I started experiencing back pain. I didn’t it take serious at first, but for the past two weeks, the pain has been intense. I have taken painkillers and even gone for massage sessions but nothing seems to work. I...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00am

Nutrition: The benefits of eating fish

Heart disease The British Heart Foundation says eating oily fish can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and improve your chances of survival following a heart attack. Fish does this by lowering levels of fats called triglycerides in the blood - raised levels are associated with heart disease...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00am

In the kitchen: Pumpkin with cinnamon

Pumpkin combined with butternut squash and peanut butter has a great taste. Abdul-akin Habineza, chef at Mama Boy’s restaurant in Nyabugogo says the dish is very simple to prepare and needs very basic ingredients. “The flavour is like a ghost of peanut butter, with a cheery sprinkling...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 12:00am

The dilemma of being 'the other woman'

A woman in love with a married man! That is stuff we want to imagine stops in movies and love soaps.  But unfortunately, it’s a real life dilemma that many are grappling with. Why would a woman choose to be the other woman or what many refer to as a side dish to a married man? This is a question...

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:00am