Women

How a group of female swimmers are fighting GBV

1000 Kilos Women club is a group of women who joined hands to fight obesity through swimming. Besides swimming, they will today have a walk in solidarity to fight GBV. Rosalie Uwmabijimana, the chairperson of the club, talked Women Today’sSharon Kantengwa about the club and its impact....

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:11am

KWEZI AND I:The words are becoming bigger and better

I have always complained about how at four, Kwezi does not speak properly. In fact, most of the time, she can’t really express herself verbally as much as what is normally expected of a four-year-old. Many people have asked me if some of the words she says are clear and yes, they are. She...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 12:10am

FAWE explains expulsion of pregnant beneficiaries

A few days ago, social media was awash with comments from people who expressed their disappointment on claims that the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE), discontinues beneficiaries of their scholarship program when they get pregnant. FAWE Rwanda Chapter, is a non-profit...

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 8:11pm

Maternity allowance: An innovative assist to expectant women

Three years ago, when she was expecting her third child, Rovence Mukashyaka went through painful circumstances. Her skin was pale from hunger for at times she survived on one meal a day, yet she still had to toil to feed her family. As a farmer, she survived on very little income that barely...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:03am

KWEZI AND I: School has become the centre of our lives

I was last in school a very long time ago so forgive me if I don’t understand how different things have become over time. For instance, what really goes on in those schools that makes students excited about going? Honestly, I was the kind of kid who liked being at school but was not so keen...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:02am

Is my daughter’s cycle normal?

Dear Doctor, My teen daughter gets her period once every two months or so. And when it comes, it so heavy, lasts about eight days with severe cramps.  I’ve never heard anyone in my family talk about irregular menstruation. Is this normal? Is there medical assistance I can get her?...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:01am

Should I tell my wife about my love child?

Dear Counsellor, I have a good marriage. I love my wife and she loves me. However, there is a small issue. I have a three-year-old child and my wife does not know about it. It happened during a rough patch in the marriage when I thought my wife would leave me. There was this co-worker I admired....

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 12:00am

Why Govt introduced monthly allowance for expectant mothers

Lives of vulnerable pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are set to improve thanks to monthly stipends that are set to address varied issues of health, nutrition and extreme poverty in families. The initiative, which was announced in January, will come into effect this month, and, according to...

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 10:35am

Inside a woman’s makeup world

Almost every woman in Kigali wears makeup, some say it makes a woman look beautiful and more confident. You must know someone who cannot go out of the house without manipulating their jaw line to look sharper and more defined, or their nose. Or maybe that person is you! In fact, there seems to be...

Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 9:32pm

Beauty pageants: What’s the impact towards women’s empowerment?

Beautycontests have always been a subject of controversy. Some see them as platforms used to demean women by portraying them as ‘sex objects’. Others are of the view that beauty pageants pose a challenge to women as they subject themselves to judgment based on their physical appearance...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 10:14pm

KWEZI AND I... (My little girl is finally a student)

If you had asked me where I saw myself in five years, five years ago, I wouldn’t have had an answer. Even if I had one, I don’t think that it would have involved motherhood, but here we are and I have never been happier. What an interesting journey of growth this has been. I have...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:42pm

I was fired from my job

Dear Counsellor, I was unceremoniously fired from my job after giving the company three good years of my life. I was employed on a contract and it was not renewed. All of my job appraisals have been good over the years. I am certainly qualified for the job. There was no explanation given to me...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:21pm

Do I have a UTI infection?

Dear Doctor, Of late I’ve had pain in my abdomen and the need to pee often. The urine is usually never really there and there’s a sensation that comes with it. Is this some sort of infection?  I’ve heard of UTIs. Is this the case?  What causes them? Monica  ...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:06pm

Meatless meals: The benefits of eating less meat

You can eat healthfully without spending a lot. One way to achieve healthy savings is to serve meat less often. It can be challenging to serve healthy meals when you’re trying to save money. Consider serving budget-friendly meatless meals once or twice a week. Meatless meals are built...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:03pm

The all-round trench coat

The history of the trench coat actually dates back to about a hundred years ago. It was originally developed years prior to the First World War and was worn by army officers. It was designed to be literally worn in the trenches, thus its name. The trench coat is a true fashion accessory that...

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 8:58pm

Resonate: Unlocking women’s leadership potential

Young women and girls at Resonate are taking charge of their callings. Their weapon for success is storytelling. With this, they are able to share and mirror their journeys in life without fear of being judged. These stories act as a reflection, and are a source of inspiration to those listening....

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Why is my mother losing her memory?

Dear Doctor, My mum is becoming overly forgetful of late. She seems to forget even things you are sure she won’t. She is 72 years old and her memory has always been okay as she most of time reminds me and my siblings of things. We are worried about her. What should we do? Noella Dear Noella...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:08am

KWEZI AND I: Of little girls with opinions

Early this week, I had the bitter sweet experience of going shopping for the now famous ’21 items’ that are required by Kwezi’s school as necessities to make her new education journey fun and productive. Before you get very confused about why I said the experience was bitter sweet...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:07am

The all-round trench coat

The history of the trench coat actually dates back to about a hundred years ago. It was originally developed years prior to the First World War and was worn by army officers. It was designed to be literally worn in the trenches, thus its name. The trench coat is a true fashion accessory that looks...

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 12:05am

Albinism: A woman’s plight

She has sores on her face and her skin is so delicate that it could crack under the harsh sun. However, this hasn’t drained Valentine Irakoze’s feisty spirit, even when she has had to endure prejudice and pain all her life as a young woman living with albinism. Growing up, children...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 12:14am