Catherine Gashegu

Of two devils: Gender abuse at the height of ethnic discrimination

Fighting for women empowerment, in my opinion, boils down to fighting for dignity. When for all your worth, you are reduced to being just a woman, a tool for reproduction, sex, and to a larger subtle extent, an enslaved being that has to succumb to the demands of culture and society. This couldn...

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 11:26 PM

True worth of women empowerment is development and achievable SDGS

About 10 years ago, seated from a vantage view of Rwinkwavu Hospital in Eastern Rwanda, I was fascinated by the number of people flooding the out-patients window for free medical care.  It turned out that free food rations and housing were amongst other things provided for vulnerable patients...

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 12:00 AM

Davos 2018: Gender parity is about men and women, not women alone

This decline was observed in the workplace, the education and health sectors, and in political representation. It was estimated that should this rate of decline continue, it would take 217 years to close the global economic gender gap. During panel debates, various arguments were made as to why...

Thursday, February 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

Progressing by merit, not favour

‘Can we compete without conflicting?’, was the closing question by Dr. Donald Kaberuka during a panel session at the recently concluded ‘Umushikirano’ in December 2017. I thought it very pertinent not only professionally, but also in our day to day lives. How I would love...

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

The other child

The first time I saw this happy-go-lucky young lady (let’s call her Norine) was at work.  As we got talking, she told me she and her husband had one son, five years or so, and a baby girl on the way. ‘You had him pretty young’, I remarked, and she simply smiled. Little did I...

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Gender equality: rights and roles

The year 2017 has seen a spate of grave domestic violence incidents in Rwanda. The most recent case was Mukeshimana Marie Rose, killed and buried in her compound by her husband. Sadly, most of these victims had been silently enduring physical and psychological abuse for a long time. Over the past...

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

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