COVID 19: Minimising the risks

The novel coronavirus is a unique virus with rare characteristics. Whereas some people can recover from the illness without needing special treatment, in other cases, the disease can be severe and even fatal. Because of its newness, there’s still a lot that researchers haven’t...

Monday, March 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

A Genocide survivor’s will to empower former street children

As a Genocide survivor, Maurice Kwizerimana witnessed what most children had to go through during and after the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. He saw the suffering they had to endure to sustain themselves, especially those who had lost parents.  The kids had to endure dangerous living...

Thursday, March 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

Covid-19: Coping with self-isolation

The coronavirus outbreak has created a lot of uncertainty, most people are now self-isolating to avoid crowds and only going in public when necessary. With schools, churches, concerts among other social gatherings being put on hold, there is a lot of time left on people’s hands and many...

Friday, March 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

One woman’s goal to transform the cosmetic industry using local products

In the wake of the worrying new coronavirus (COVID-19), Natacha Baranyuzwe, a pharmacist, is, among other things, using her professional and entrepreneurial skills to save the lives of fellow Rwandans. With the use of bidens pilosa (inyabarasanya), a medicinal plant, she is making hand...

Thursday, March 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Electronic cigarettes: Are they a safer alternative?

Tobacco use remains one of the leading global disease risk factors because every year more than 8 million people die from tobacco use according to the World Health Organisation. Whereas risks associated with cigarette smoking are evident such as its potential to worsen or prolong the symptoms of...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:38 AM

Talking to children about COVID-19

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a global concern and its terror is not only affecting adults, but children too. Since the news of the virus dominated the media, children too can sense the endangerment in which the world is today. And just like the rest of the population, they are...

Monday, March 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

The impact of never taking a break

In the movie ‘Eat Pray Love’, Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) had reached a crisis in her life. The irony was that all she once dreamt of and worked hard to achieve in life, was what was exhausting her. She had a successful career, a beautiful home and loving husband, and she was...

Friday, March 13, 2020, 12:00 AM

Men should be women empowerment agents, says feminist Ndagijimana

25-year-old Anastase Ndagijimana is a proud feminist who strives to improve gender and social inclusion through the fight against gender-based violence. Through his organisation, We Got Your Back, he works to create a society free from gender-based violence through the ‘boys and men engage...

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Stakeholders urge men to join the fight for gender equality

Involving men in broader deliberations towards women empowerment is crucial for accelerating the journey towards gender equality. Even though women are at the forefront of this development, they need to work together with men so that challenges that are still hindering women empowerment are...

Monday, March 9, 2020, 12:34 AM

Inside Aimable Ndizihiwe’s world of interior design

Aimable Ndizihiwe has carved his name in interior design. His work is an assortment of style, comfort and function. The dining sets, tables, sofas, cupboards, art pieces he makes possess a quality that adds appealing details to any choice of space. And it is his choice of designs, textures and...

Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

Meet the couple nurturing character development to help Rwandan youth build society

Eight years ago, Matt and Andrea Miller moved to Rwanda with a mission to boost the country’s education sector. They strived for a school where Rwandans and other students can learn to think, create and innovate in a loving community rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. They also...

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 12:00 AM

How do people die in their sleep?

It’s very distressing for a person with no known illness to go to bed only for them not to wake up the next morning. But what does it mean to die in your sleep; how does it happen in the first place? Medical professionals point out that there is a health and scientific explanation for this...

Monday, March 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

How green economy efforts will promote sustainability

Environmental consciousness and sustainability have become priority among the general population. Firm steps have in the past been made in terms of direction of investments and the exploitation of resources - all in a bid to enhance a balanced environment. But with green economy, how does the...

Sunday, March 1, 2020, 11:08 PM

Women in science urged to assume leadership roles

There is need to discern credibility as one of the prevalent factors obstructing women from assuming leadership roles. This was highlighted by the Minister of ICT and Innovation Paula Ingabire, during a tech-networking event themed ‘Lifting up the next generation of women leaders’...

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 12:00 AM

Sexual violence: Breaking the culture of silence

After research and close observation, Gloria Busingye learnt that perpetrators of sexual violence are either close family or community members with the victims. This, she says, influences silence especially on the victims’ part. She recognises that victims remain quiet because, they don...

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

My life as a ‘little person’ - Esther Mukampogazi

What is it like to leave home when you have restrictive growth disorder and live in a world geared towards people much taller than you? Esther Mukampogazi says she has known nothing but ridicule and contempt all her life. As a young woman who was born with dwarfism — a condition of short...

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:00 AM

Safe Schools for Girls: Building capacity of vulnerable adolescents

When 15-year-old Zainab Uwamahoro joined high school, she not only encountered changes with her academics, but her personal life as well. She realised that her transformation into a young woman had come with disguised challenges; whereas her requirements before as a young girl were mostly academic...

Thursday, February 20, 2020, 8:13 AM

How to maximise the mental and physical benefits of working out

Exercise has proven to be an important aspect in terms of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. People have become aware of this; and this is why most of them have adapted to a certain wellness ritual. Whether it’s going swimming on a sunny day, morning exercises at the gym or visiting the spa...

Monday, February 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

How Rwandan girl got involved in designing Canadian city

Iliiza Karangwa moved to Canada four years ago with a vision to acquire architectural skills that would help her take part in the implementation of the Kigali City Masterplan for 2050. This vision, she says, was sparked by seeing Kigali’s fast growth, and because of this, she wants to...

Thursday, February 13, 2020, 10:13 AM

The modern dating scene

Boy meets girl through a mutual friend. Boy likes girl and asks if he can see her again. Girl accepts and gives boy her phone number. Girl and boy chat on WhatsApp then finally decide to go on a date. They suggest a place and agree that they will meet each other there. A couple of drinks, some food...

Friday, February 7, 2020, 12:00 AM