Women

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

How effective is breast self-examination?

Dear Doctor, How often should I go for a breast cancer check-up? I feel like self-checking is not as effective. Maria Dear Maria, Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and second highest among prevalence of all cancers globally. If detected late, it may have spread to other parts of...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:13am

KWEZI AND I:The bus has saved the day

It has been an interesting few weeks. Kwezi and I were on holiday for three weeks and not only did we move into our new home, we also had enough time to deepen our bond even more. As you may know of this mother-daughter relationship by now, ‘deepening of the bond’ was not short of some...

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 12:11am

Career Women’s Network Kigali: Inspiring women for greater career goals

Women at Career Women’s Network Kigali (CWNK) support and advocate for each other; some are managers, entrepreneurs, whereas others are chief executives who come together to seek empowerment as they motivate themselves to advance in their careers. On this platform, women consult each other,...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 12:12am

KWEZI AND I: Change is coming

These last two weeks have been tough for every parent. It has been school fees or what some call ‘tuition week’. The fact that the two weeks come after the Easter season makes everything even more complicated. Basically, you feast and make merry and then after that you have to face the...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 12:11am

Why won’t my new-born sleep?

Dear Doctor, My new-born doesn’t seem to sleep at all during the night or day. The slightest noise and she is awake. We are now in our second week and I could really use some sleep. She doesn’t cry much, just doesn’t sleep the way new-borns are supposed to. What’s happening...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 12:10am

Radical feminism: Is it confusing the fight for equality?

One Samira Isimbi recently shared a tweet with concerns on why marriage officiants have to ask the groom to kiss the bride. Her argument was that both parties should be given the liberty to participate in the act instead of authorising the man.   “Do you guys realise how...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:44am

Why have I failed to conceive?

Dear Doctor, I have been trying to conceive in vain, yet this is my second year in marriage. Is there anything to worry about as I have done all the tests, yet they all confirmed I was fine? Alice Dear Alice, You have not mentioned your age. Did you use any contraception before? There are...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 12:20am

Rwanda Girl Guides Association: Nurturing girls for self-reliance

50 young girls and women are being socially and economically empowered through numerous skills accessible at Rwanda Girl Guides Association, a non-profit organisation giving girls and young women opportunities to develop their potential. The organisation aims at nurturing these women into...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 3:26pm

Huye’s bricklaying women on hassles and financial breakthroughs

Some of them are single mothers, others widows, and some were once sex workers. Each of these women has a compelling story; one of ache and difficulty, but they have tussled to make ends meet. These women are members of Ingoro Ihuje Ababyeyi, a cooperative in Cyarwa, Tumba Sector in Huye District...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:05am

What’s behind my constant headaches?

Dear Doctor, I have constantly had mild headaches for the past few months. I also experience strong sensitivity to light and sound, and this is at times accompanied by nausea and vomiting. What could be causing this? Diana Dear Diana, How old are you? How long does the headache last? Are there...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:03am

Look chic in a flared skirt

The flared skirt with its delicately pleated designs looks fabulous on just about anyone regardless of their shape or size.  The skirt has the ability to accentuate feminine features like the waist, and it does so with a soft pleat which makes it all the more remarkable. Flared skirts are...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:02am

KWEZI AND I: We have opened a new chapter

This past weekend, Kwezi and I finally moved into our new humble abode. I say finally because I am almost sure that anyone close to me was tired of hearing my ‘moving song’ which I think spurns around two years now. Phew! Everything seems new and a little smaller. That said, it is also...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:01am

Genocide survivor reflects on the time her husband was killed seven months after their wedding, her survival, and single parenting

Jacent Umuringa had been married for only seven months when the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi started. Her wedding with her husband had taken place on the 19th of September 1993 and  life indeed was taking a sweet turn for her. Little did she know of a terrifying fate that was awaiting her...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12:17am

Kwibuka25: What role should women assume in the journey to transformation?

The country is commemorating the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Many are still nursing wounds that were caused by this traumatic event. However, 25 years later, the country has made huge strides in terms of transformation, though much still remains to be done. Women Today’s Donah Mbabazi...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12:16am

Should I go for a pap smear test?

Dear Doctor, For so many times, I have come across articles urging women to go for pap smear tests, however I have been reluctant to go for one because from what I have heard the experience is a discomforting and painful one.  How relevant is this test anyway and could there be any other...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12:15am

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