Women

Balance for better: Women share thoughts and experiences

As the world celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8, women in Kigali on Saturday met over brunch to discuss matters surrounding several aspects of their lives. Themed ‘Balance for better’, over 40 women of different age groups, professions, nationalities and marital...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:02am

KWEZI AND I: Mother and child frustrations

There is nothing as disheartening as seeing your child in ill health. Kwezi has been battling an on and off flu and I am seriously losing patience. Less than a month ago, she was battling the worst flu and cough that she has ever experienced since she was born.  I had to ship her off to my...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:01am

What should I know about pumped breast milk?

Dear Doctor, I have to go back to work in two weeks, I have been on maternity leave for over three months now. However, I have never had to pump breast milk and because I might not be able to make it back home every lunch hour to feed, I am learning how to. Are there any effects on drinking pumped...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 12:00am

Dukataze: Grooming young women for independence

Asked what drives her passion and the inspiration behind her initiative, Amina Umuhoza says she has the interests of the Rwandan woman at heart. She wants to see her empowered, hardworking and making decisions that take her to the top. This is why she started Dukataze, an initiative that aims at...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:14am

What are the risks of natural birth after C section?

Dear Doctor, I had my first child by C-section a year ago because of prolonged labour.  I plan to have another baby. But I would like to have a natural birth this time around. How long do I have to wait to be able to have a natural birth if there are no complications? Tina Dear Tina, A...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:13am

KWEZI AND I: Separation anxiety sets in

After more than five years for me and four years for Kwezi, this week, God willing, we will move from the house we have shared with friends who became family and start a new life living just the two of us and the nanny. I have been thinking about moving for a while now but for one reason or...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 12:12am

Balancing life while on the quest for equality

In her book ‘Lean In’ Sheryl Sandberg writes that for many men, the fundamental assumption is that they can have both a successful professional life and a fulfilling personal life. For many women, however, the assumption is that trying to do both is difficult at best and impossible at...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:09am

KWEZI AND I: The unexpected ‘school welcome’

I don’t think that there is anyone who didn’t warn me that I should brace myself with the colds and flu that come with children joining school but no one prepared me for how immediate it would be. One month after she joined school, Kwezi was hit by what in my opinion is the nastiest...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:08am

How long does morning sickness last?

Dear Doctor, I am pregnant with my first child and in my second trimester. I’ve consistently had morning sickness to this day. I can’t seem to keep anything down because most food smells make me nauseous. I’m afraid my baby will be underweight because of my poor eating habits....

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 12:07am

Premature menopause: What should women expect?

Incidents of hot flushes had become regular for Giselle Igiraneza. She also wondered why all of a sudden, she was experiencing frequent mood swings. Research she made pointed to the possibility of menopause, yet she was still in her 30s, and so to her, it couldn’t be happening. When her...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:12am

Founder of ‘Moi for you’ on her love for African traditional wear

Born and raised in Kinshasa, DRC, Germaine Mwananawe Bugingo studied and worked in South Africa and the UK and is currently raising a family in Dubai where her husband works. She fell in love with many African traditional attires and set up a clothing line ‘Moi for you’ in 2016...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:11am

KWEZI AND I: Insuring the future

I was recently talking to my young brother and I was surprised and impressed in equal measure that he has been saving for the education of his children. You must be wondering why this is surprising since that’s what every right thinking human being must do. Well, not only does he not have...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:10am

Does the “morning after” pill affect menstrual cycle?

Dear Doctor, I swallowed a morning after pill a month ago. I got my period last week but for some reason, it won’t stop. It’s not heavy though. Is this normal? When will it stop? Irene. Dear Irene, How many days have you had menstrual bleeding since you took the “morning after...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:09am

Natural hair: Are you a fan?

The era of women having issues with their natural hair is behind us; even though some still use hair relaxers, a good number of women are embracing their natural hair—long and short! Natural hair is gorgeous; you can style it in a variety of ways and achieve any look. Curly hair, twist outs...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 12:07am

Where are the women in science?

Interventions against global challenges call for as much stakeholder input and involvement. However, has this been the case in the field of science? Data from the United Nations website shows that less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women. According to The United Nations...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:03am

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

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