Women

Does birth control affect fertility?

I’ve heard people talk about birth control and the many effects. I am interested in knowing if the pill, or any other method, can affect fertility in the long run. In the event that a woman decides she is ready to have a baby, can the use of birth control in previous times make it a problem...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:03am

What is hair?

It comes in little coils or straight fibres. Some have it in abundance while others have bald spots crying for help, but what actually is hair? In as much as we may believe that our hair is just a covering over our heads, it is a strong element that has been used in centuries to communicate and...

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:02am

Style tips every woman should know

Being able to dress chic and stylish every day is a skill which can be difficult to master. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the top 15 style tips that every woman should know. While they may seem small and simple, these handy tips will revolutionise the way that you dress on a daily basis....

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 4:53pm

Top 10 essentials for your bathroom design

  It is a fact that in your lifetime, you would have spent about 92 days or more in a bathroom, this is according to a study that was done on 2500 people who spent an average of 1 hour and 42 minutes a week in a bathroom. This to me is a worthy call to design elegant and comfortable bathrooms...

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 4:26pm

Child birth: What should women expect?

Penny Kalungi had a normal delivery with her first child. She didn’t have any complications; she and the baby were both in perfect health condition. What she didn’t see coming was the discomfort from the episiotomy (a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:04am

KWEZI AND I: Disciplining a toddler

I have a tendency of stressing myself over stuff that many other people may find trivial. For instance, I have been combing Google (yeah, I am that kind of parent) trying to find out if someone else has been looking for information on how best to discipline a child. You see, I come from a really...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:03am

What is your hair type?

I have a personal detachment from the insinuation that natural hair is a trend. Trend may refer to a quick short term hype which is stereotypical in the media, but a trend can also refer to a movement, which I hope is a more sustainable setting that allows growth for individuals. With my chest...

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 12:02am

Meet the women championing fight against teen pregnancy

Teen pregnancy remains a challenge but along with stakeholders, the Government is fighting hard to curb the vice. One outstanding aspect, however, is how young women have taken it upon themselves to curb this hardship. They have started initiatives to sensitise and help young girls to stay in...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:05am

Teen mothers on how TVET is transforming their lives

Shortly after completing primary school, Uwineza (not real name) was lured into sexual intercourse by a wealthy man who ended up impregnating her when she was just 16 years old. As fate would have it, the man died and she was left to support herself and the baby singlehandedly. The teenage mother...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:04am

Home birth: Is it safe?

Dear Doctor, I have watched videos of women having home births and I am confused. How safe is this? Can a woman actually arrange for this? What are the risks that women should be aware of before trying this out? Margaret Dear Margaret, Home birth is where a woman gives birth at home, at the end...

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 12:03am

Tackling online gender-based violence

In line with the theme ‘Shrinking democratic space online – mobilising for a free, open and secure internet’, the Stockholm Internet Forum that was held last week in Sweden, addressed a number of obstacles that are rising with the growing digital trend, especially with the use of...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:32am

23-year-old hotel concierge, Ingabire, on the highs and lows of her line of work

As ayoung girl, Johanna Ingabiredeveloped a love for luxury. Now at 23, she has found a niche in the newly developing role of concierge at Hôtel des Mille Collines. The job entails multi-tasking and taking care of the well-being of the hotel’s clients, a role she attributes to her ability to...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:17am

KWEZI AND:I need a magic wand

They say every mother is a magician of sorts. It’s true to some extent but if there was ever a time I needed a magic wand that works real magic, it is just about now. Kwezi may be excited about being on the bus but she and I are definitely not happy about the idea of waking up at 5am every...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:16am

The denim shirt: Casual but chic

If there is something that will never go out of style, it is denim. Denim comes in different colours and appeals to people of all ages. A denim shirt will enrich your look depending on what you pair it with. Wear a denim top with black jeans; add casual earrings, black pumps and a purse. Play...

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 12:15am

Mental health and hormones: Why women need to pay attention

Every month, Clarisse Uwera (not real name), goes into a state of depression and whenever this happens, it is a sign that her menstrual period is on the way. As a working student, Uwera often resorts to birth control pills to relieve her of her painful menstrual cramps and go about her...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:07am

Feminism, radical feminism and gender equality

This article is a response to an article published in The New Times, April 25, 2019. It seeks to make clarifications to some of the issues made in the previous piece. As Rwandan feminists, we appreciate the momentum of increased awareness, consciousness and openness by Rwandan society to discuss...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:06am

Women and the road to emancipation

Women’s role in building society in the past was insignificant. The truth is that they were not given a chance to participate in the affairs of society. When we look at women in the past, they were limited to household duties. In our motherland, Rwanda, women were not allowed to attend any...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:06am

KWEZI AND I: Reflecting on Mother’s Day

This past weekend was Mother’s Day and the internet was awash with photos of beautiful women who have sacrificed a lot to raise children, sometimes singlehandedly. One by one, people shared with us stories of bravery, patience, resilience and abundant love. I spent mine in bed, watching...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:05am

I am scared of child birth

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my first child and almost due. The pregnancy has been pretty smooth but I can’t shake off the fear of child birth. I have been so worried lately that my appetite went down and I lost some weight. Any tips on how I can prepare myself mentally for what is to...

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 12:04am

Motherhood: The highs and lows

When they’re born, it is every parent’s greatest day. The things they do as they grow—first smile to first steps—are enough to warm anyone’s heart. You wonder how it is possible to love another human being that much. That is parenthood. Robert Browning, a poet, once...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 7:59am