Women

How can I control pregnancy weight gain?

Dear Doctor, This is my first pregnancy and I am in my second trimester. I seem to be gaining so much weight yet I do not eat that much. The baby is also fine, as per my last antenatal visit. But what can I do to control this upsetting weight gain? Maria Dear Maria, Accept my...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:26am

Tips and tricks for lipstick lovers

Lipstick is one of those ‘accessories’ that most women can’t do without. It is a fashion tool that is likely to get attention. It might not be easy to find the perfect shade, but it is nothing a few trial-and-errors can’t fix. Here are a few simple tips to follow while...

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 10:03am

Meet Christelle Kwizera, a young entrepreneur striving to eradicate water scarcity

Accessing water is a human right, and as a way of reflecting the fundamental nature of such basics, Christelle Kwizera established Water Access Rwanda, a social enterprise committed to eradicating water scarcity by providing appropriate technologies for durable access to water. A mechanical...

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:09am

Why do I need folic acid in pregnancy?

What is the essence of the folic acid pills they give women during pregnancy? And what are the consequences of not taking them? Can what they provide be found elsewhere, like in food, for example? Rita Dear Rita, Folic acid is an important component of nutrition. It is a component of...

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:08am

Heart of Africa: Keeping the spirit of sports alive

They wore blue and white outfits. And when they emerged on stage, spectators at a basketball game at the Kigali Arena shouted in excitement. This happened last month at the Patriots vs Rwanda Energy Group (REG) game. A group of 11 girls make up the cheerleading team — Heart of Africa...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:16am

KWEZI AND I: The long awaited break is finally here

When I was dressing up this morning, I was reminded of how growing up is not fun. I used to dream of all the freedom and fun that would come with growing up. I couldn’t wait to do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Well, I am here to tell you that growing up is a trap. Personally, I would...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:15am

How do I ensure a healthy pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I am going to be a first-time mother, and I am due for my first antenatal visit. I would like to know what common complications I should know about and strive to avoid. I have heard of high blood pressure and preeclampsia and I worry. How can I ensure that I stay healthy throughout...

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:14am

Rape trauma syndrome through the eyes of a victim

Throughout her life, 25-year-old Patricia Uwantege has dealt with various episodes of violence. One that stood out, however, was when she was raped at the age of 16 by a trusted friend. “There were many cases of attempted rape, even at the age of three, that I luckily survived, but this...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 12:56am

KWEZI AND I: The unending guilt trips

Time. Just a word when you read it but one that really carries a lot of weight. You never really appreciate the weight of time until you grow older. I have been thinking about how this year flew by and wondering what I have achieved. This year, thankfully, was better than any other. I still didn...

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 12:55am

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

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