Women

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

Celebrating mothers: The unsung heroes

Foreigners have often marvelled at the incredible qualities of some of our leaders. My answer has always been: You should have met their mothers. Only women like that can raise men like that! In Rwanda, February is a month in which we celebrate our heroes. March 8 is the United Nations designated...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Decoding confidence

Priscilla lives in the village of Masoro where she supports her two children, working full-time and raising them as a single mother. She is fortunate to work as an artisan at the Abahizi Rwanda factory where she was trained to make high-quality handbags for export and earns a wage that can support...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 12:00am

Haguruka: Amplifying the voice of vulnerable women and children

When she was a teen, Clementine Uwamahoro came face-to-face with evil that robbed her of her innocence. Uwamahoro was raped by her brother-in-law, and shockingly, with the help of her own sister. Her sister had failed to give birth and on advice of a ‘traditional’ doctor, her husband...

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:00am

My husband resents our son

Dear Counsellor, My husband and I got married just after we both completed college and it has been a great journey so far. We have teenage twins, a girl and a boy. However, my husband has always had a soft spot for the girl and doesn’t seem to care much for the boy. The girl performs well...

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:00am

Access to justice; why it is still a walk on thorns for women

IT started like any other normal day for Emily Tuyishime but little did she know it would turn into a black Saturday in her life. On that fateful Saturday afternoon, her four-year-old son was involved in an accident that left him in a coma after sustaining grave injuries on the head. Tuyishime...

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00am

How to look stylish... without chasing trends

To be stylish, you must understand your own personal style. /Net photos  Not all women care about fashion trends. Many do not care for what is trending or how to keep up with style. If you are this kind of person, there is always a way to look stylish without necessarily copying what the Kim...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Why do I pass urine frequently?

Dear Doctor, Lately I find myself with the need to use the bathroom a lot more frequently. It’s worse in the night. I do not feel any pain when urinating but I do not understand the constant need to pass urine and it’s never really a lot. What could be the problem? Is it an infection...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Dr Shivon Byamukama on her experience as a career woman

Dr Shivon Byamukama is the deputy CEO of Babyl Rwanda, a digital healthcare provider, and a lawyer by profession. She previously worked with RwandAir and Bank of Kigali and for her, work experience is what shaped her into the woman she is today. She shared with Women Today’s Sharon Kantengwa...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Kwezi and I: The grand reunion

Three weeks after she left for her grandparents’ house, Kwezi is finally back and I am very happy to finally have the cuddles back. As expected, nothing that happens with us is ever drama free and I have come to realise that that’s why my journey with Kwezi from the time she was...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Is my wife a thief?

Dear Counsellor, My wife and I have been married for four months. We have a wonderful relationship and get along very well; however, she has one major problem. She steals money. The first time I noticed money was missing from my wallet, I didn’t dwell too much on it, thinking that maybe I...

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:00am

Mothers on nurturing vulnerable children under SOS Children's Villages

At the start of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, Marie Theogene Muteteli was a newlywed basking in marital bliss. However, this joy was short-lived. Her husband was killed in the first days leaving her a young widow. Muteteli, who was 32 years old at the time, joined SOS Children’s...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

KWEZI AND I: Have I been replaced?

This week, I pick up Kwezi from her grandparents’ house and I just can’t wait. It has been three weeks and I am about to lose my mind. When did I become this person who misses such a tiny human being to a point of misery? The people in our home also miss her, I don’t know how many...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

What are the risks of having a baby at 45?

Dear Doctor, I am 45 years old with three children, the youngest is 8. I recently found out that I was pregnant (about 12 weeks) even though I’ve been on the pill. This was so unexpected and I was honestly done having kids. What complications do I stand to face at my age? Tina ----- Dear...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

Why is my husband against a joint account?

Dear Counsellor, I recently told my husband that we should open up a joint account but he has refused. He has brought up all sorts of excuses but I think he doesn’t want to be ‘cornered’ yet I also make financial plans for the family. We’ve been married for four years, but...

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00am

KWEZI AND I......: Building and appreciating relationships

  I recently had a very strange conversation with someone. Strange is a word that I usually use loosely but in this particular case, the conversation was strange in the true sense of the word. The person, in her honest opinion, felt that I was avoiding responsibility by taking Kwezi to my...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am

My family is fighting over my father’s will

Dear Counsellor, My father died recently. I am devastated by his loss, but he had a wonderful, long life. Since he passed, our lives have been turned upside down in a way I never would have anticipated. There has been mayhem in our family over his will and how he left things to each one of us. My...

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 12:00am