Women

How saving groups are helping women keep poverty at bay

Around 11am on Thursday last week, women gathered in the compound of a local organisation in Karongi District in Western Province. The group of 30 sat in a circle around a large table on which money — mostly in notes of Rwf5, 000 denominations —was placed. One woman standing inside the...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:54pm

Why does pregnancy make the feet swell?

Dear Doctor, I’m 30 years old and 6 months pregnant with my first child. However, my feet swell so badly and sometimes I can’t even fit into my shoes. How can I control this? What causes it? Berna ----- Dear Berna, Is the swelling more in the mornings or evenings? Does it come...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:48pm

Lipstick; choosing the right colour

Many women can’t do without lipstick; it doesn’t matter if she’s at home, visiting the local grocery store or on a night out. It is — to some — an essential addition that helps enhance one’s look. However, a good number of women are not crazy about ‘...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:42pm

Will he abandon his child?

Dear Counsellor, I am 23 years old and a finalist in college. After missing my period for two months, I decided to take a pregnancy test. The results turned out positive. I informed my boyfriend, also 23, who was not pleased at all. He told me to find a ‘solution’ because according to...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:39pm

KWEZI AND I: Negotiating the journey back home

After a month and a week away, my parents finally accepted to give me back my Kwezi. I say ‘give me back’ because I surprised both myself and my parents when I let her stay that long. I was tired of leaving my parents’ house looking very miserable every time I picked up Kwezi...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 11:34pm

How Rwandan women in science are empowering girls

Last week, Rwanda Association of Women in Science and Engineering (RAWISE) was officially launched. RAWISE was first established in December 2015 by a group of Rwandan female engineers and scientists with the view to help encourage more Rwandan women to pick interest in and join science and...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 1:34pm

KWEZI AND I... Of abrupt sickness and panic attacks

It has been an eventful one week, a reminder that perhaps, when God gives us children, He should also give us a manual of what to expect. What else explains the sudden shift from laughing and running around to suddenly being rushed to hospital? I came from town and went to my parents’ house...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 11:03pm

Is my son suffering from autism?

Dear Doctor, My two-year-old son is a little laid back. He doesn’t say much, just a few words here and there. He has never been playful like other children his age and it worries me. I’m told he could be suffering from autism. How can I know for sure and what can I do to help him?...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 11:00pm

Closing the gender gap in photography

Vestina Kalisa defines her trade behind the camera as “capturing people’s memories through the lens.” She joined the male-dominated field in 2012, and has never looked back nor regretted her decision. Aside from earning a living through photography, Kalisa says camerawork has always been her...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00am

KWEZI AND I... There is no formula to single parenthood

Nasra & Kwezi It has been a busy two weeks away from home and thankfully, it was a very fruitful time and for that, I am thankful. It was during this time, as I waited for a connecting flight at one of the airports, that I was lucky to meet someone that I hadn’t seen in a long...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Why can’t I get pregnant?

Dear Doctor, My husband and I have been trying to have kids for over a year now but we’ve failed. My husband has one child from a previous relationship so I thought the issue was with me. I am 27 years old and I went for a check-up but nothing could be detected that is hindering the process...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Head wraps: The accessory every woman should own

The head wrap is a timeless trend that goes with almost any outfit.  Internet videos show the many ways you can wrap it, to give you the look you want — be it casual, chic or hip. It’s the classic fashion accessory because they deliver unsurpassed versatility. Head wraps, or...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00am

CAVAP: Unleashing potential of marginalised women

Eugenie Mukobwujaha used to start the day by tending to the family’s small farm; as a struggling household, they barely had enough to eat. She relied on her husband to provide most of the basic needs.  She never thought about the future or self-reliance. She took whatever life threw her way. ...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Go fab with floral

Nothing defines a girly girl like a floral print. However, do not go overboard as you might end up looking like a garden. Floral prints go well with a plain addition; for instance a floral top with a plain coloured bottom. The print is versatile; it can be worn casually and formally. When going...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00am

How can I control my breast milk flow?

Dear Doctor, I’m a new mother and my baby is only a week old. However, I seem to have too much breast milk and I can’t control it.  The baby also has a problem taking it in and I have to stop her lest she chokes. Kindly advise. Is there a way to control it? Is it something I...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Mushimiyimana’s humble rise to a property mogul

“She is the owner of the 7-storey building where our offices are located,” a colleague said pointing at a lady who was having a chat with one of the security people at the entrance. She cut a simple posture and had no trace of sophistication expected of a woman worth her name. In fact, as we...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Career women: What it takes to break the glass ceiling

Her dream was to become a prominent business woman with a chain of multi-million dollar enterprises under her name. But Natasha Sukiranya did not realise this dream because it was not her true ‘calling.’ Her true calling was in the employment world where she started off at the bottom...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Rwandans take stock of women empowerment progress

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s rights and also marks the plight and achievements of women all over the world. Women empowerment has always been at the forefront of Rwanda’s tireless efforts. Women Today...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

How women in male dominated fields persevere, overcome hurdles

Despite the commendable strides Rwanda has made towards equality over the past years, many women remain underrepresented in some traditionally male dominated fields. Women Today’s Sharon Kantengwa had a chat with some women working in fields that have been labelled ‘for men’. Amina Umuhoza, Taxi...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Imbuto, ADMA partner to empower girls with multimedia skills

Twenty girlswho were selected out of a total of 40 are undergoing a three-week intensive course to acquire fundamental skills and competences in photography, video production and storytelling for multimedia. The participating girls were selected from former beneficiaries of Imbuto Foundation,...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am