Women

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

25 years later, how is rape dealt with in Rwanda?

Alice Umugwaneza (not real name) is a wife and mother. She has three children; one from her previous marriage, one from her present marriage, and another child born of rape, inflicted on her during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. She, like many women that dealt with this infliction, is living...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12:04am

How experts have joined hands to demystify myths around pregnancy

Planning and preparing for a baby on its way is a fantastic experience for any couple but, like anything new, it can also be quite daunting especially for first time pregnant mothers. As such, antenatal, also called prenatal classes,or childbirth education, come in handy to prepare for the moms...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:14am

We Code: Changing the female narrative in digital technology

Like with many other sectors, the norm of male dominancy still prevails in the digital world. Men are the programmers, software developers, website designers and so on; women on the other hand shun the sector. However a number of initiatives are working to close this gender gap. ‘We Code...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:13am

When does breast feeding get easier?

Dear Doctor, I am nursing my two-weeks-old baby. However breast feeding is not as easy I thought it was. These first few weeks have been really tough, I have no appetite, I also have little supply of milk and I am still having trouble getting my baby on the latch. The entire process is painful and...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:12am

Why you should ditch that purse for a backpack

If you’re looking for a comfortable way to carry your daily essentials, a backpack might be precisely what you are looking for. Backpacks have made their way back on the fashion scene and indeed women are falling in love with them. They are sophisticated, stylish and durable; this is why...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 12:09am

CECHE: Transforming lives of mothers with children living with disabilities

Eugenie Mukamfura from Ntarama sector in Bugesera District has been living with her disabled son for six years now. Her child sadly can neither walk nor talk. This, she says, has affected her in so many ways as a mother, including enduring loneliness as they have always felt isolated because of...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:02am

How soon do menses resume after childbirth?

Dear Doctor, How soon can a woman expect her period after giving birth? My sister hasn’t had hers in eight months. And it shows no signs of coming, yet a friend got hers in less than two months. What is considered a normal period? Dear Molly, Pregnancy and child birth depend on the...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:01am

The statement necklace

You may be wondering what a statement necklace is, or why it has that name. A statement necklace is a necklace that ‘orders attention’ or ‘makes a statement’. This type of necklace tends to be large, over the top and practically hard to miss. There are a variety of...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:01am

Rwamagana women on increasing agricultural profits

Ruth Mukarugina, her husband and three children live in Kavura Village, Rwamagana District in Eastern Province. Before she got married in 2010, the idea of growing maize for commercial purposes was not tempting because of the burdensome harvest and low prices, stated by some of the people who grew...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:03am

How women are using community-based approaches to change lives

This‘women’s month’, Love and Hands, on Saturday, celebrated women who impact communities in big and small ways. The community ‘Women’s Day and Exhibition’, was an event held to honour and hear untold stories of women in Ruheste community, who brave through...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:02am

KWEZI AND I: How time flies

I feel like it’s only the other day that I was making lots of noise about how expensive it is for a child enrolling in school for the very first time. Yes. It really is. I was reminded of this when I received a letter from Kwezi’s school informing me that they would be breaking off for...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:01am

Is severe cramping normal after miscarriage?

Dear Doctor, My sister suffered a miscarriage and has been in and out of pain ever since. There are painkillers she was given after she was discharged, and advised to go on bed rest, but it is now almost two weeks and the pain still keeps her up at night sometimes. Is this expected? Stella Dear...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 12:00am

Fighting inequality with education

The month of March celebrates women, their challenges, marks and milestones—particularly in their commendable journey to a more gender-balanced world. While much has been attained in the fight for equality; there are still numerous issues that are being faced by women, for example, limited...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:03am

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