Her Style: I love short dresses - Miss Rwanda

Reigning Miss Rwanda, Colombe Akiwacu, lives on the lucky side of life when it comes to fashion. Designers are tripping over each other just to get her to wear their designs for various functions.  The beauty queen spoke to Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi about the joy that comes with shopping...

Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

AU official tips on the role of women in democratisation and peace building

A fortnight ago, a high level two-day Gender Pre forum was held in Kigali to discuss the role of women in peace building and democratisation. The meeting attracted gender experts from all over the continent.  The theme of the meeting “Silencing the guns: Women in democratisation and peace...

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Her Style: Don't compromise respect for the sake of trends, says Tesi

As the in charge of the day-to-day activities at GroFin Rwanda, a small and medium enterprise development financier, Claire Kayitesi interacts with a variety of people. The calm and conservative Kayitesi spoke to Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi about her fashion sense. How would you describe...

Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Aspire Rwanda: The backbone of Gisozi and Rutanga's disadvantaged women

After a five minute drive off Gisozi memorial centre, we enter through a gate next to a sign post with an inscription of Aspire Rwanda. Past a big play ground dotted with childrens’ play facilities; I meet a happy woman of light complexion waiting for me at the entrance of the building. She...

Thursday, October 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Forum calls for more women participation in peace building

Governments and institutions must involve women in conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction, participants at a Gender Pre-forum that opened in Kigali yesterday have said. The African Union, which is at the forefront of organising the Gender Pre forum, seeks a holistic understanding of...

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Her Style: Sagging pants are a turn off - Nyinawumuntu

Head coach of the national women’s football team, Grace Nyinawumuntu, is a fashion enthusiast  Also coach of AS Kigali women football team that has won the national women’s league five consecutive times, Nyinawumuntu spoke to Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi about her fashion sense and why it is...

Friday, October 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

Foreign scribes take part in Umuganda

Journalists from eight African countries yesterday joined residents of Taba Cell in Nyarugenge District for the monthly community work, Umuganda. They interacted with the residents and local leaders as they helped build houses for some of the Rwandans evicted from Tanzania last year. Speaking to...

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

Her Style: I only choose colours that complement my complexion - Teopista Mutesi

If you watch the 9pm news on Rwanda Television, then you know news anchor Teopista Mutesi.The 22-year-old, in an interview with Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi, talks about her love for high heels and the importance of choosing colours that match her complexion. Excerpts; How would you describe...

Friday, September 26, 2014, 12:00 AM

Where is the place of women in public procurement?

As innovative, committed and hardworking as they may be, for a long time now, women entrepreneurs have had low participation in public tenders globally. This also applies to Rwanda, a country known for fair women representation in politics and the civil service, among other areas.  The...

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Women entrepreneurs seal deals worth Rwf3.7bn

Women vendors signed business deals worth $5.5 million (about Rwf3.7 billion) during the just concluded World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Kigali. This was revealed by Arancha González, the Executive Secretary of the International Trade Centre (ITC) at the WEDF closing ceremony on...

Saturday, September 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Is the sports revolution eating its female children?

WHEN the women’s national basketball team received an invitation to participate in the annual FIBA Zone Five Championships in Uganda, the female youngsters got to work but their efforts and hopes of clinching the title were thwarted when they received news that they won’t be able to participate in...

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Trendy ways to make a scarf fashionable

Most women use fashion accessories to bring out the best in an outfit and currently scarves have become a woman’s best friend when it comes to making a fashion statement on a daily basis.  Gone are the days when a scarf was just used to wrap around the neck when in freezing weather or...

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwandan civil society urged to join continental body

A delegation from the African Union on Thursday urged the Rwandan Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to actively participate in the activities of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council (Ecosocc) of the continental body. Lazarous Kapambwe, the special advisor to the African Union Commission...

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Debate: Should pregnant girls be allowed to stay in school? (It's school, not a maternity home)

Doreen Umutesi The debate on whether pregnant teenagers should stay in school raises a lot of issues. But the common English adage ‘a rotten apple spoils the barrel’ is a good start in this case. A pregnant teenager should stay home until she gives birth so that her presence won’t be an...

Friday, September 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Braids, locks or rows: Handy hairstyles for the rain

BRAIDS are arguably the most convenient hairstyle for a rainy day. As we continue to wake up to rainy mornings, we find ourselves hating the fact that there will be nothing to show for the hours spent in the salon the previous day. Why? Well, who will notice the cute waves you had in your hair if...

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Is the law on inheritance gender biased?

25-year-old Clarisse Ingabire has for the last four years been in and out of court over a property inheritance wrangle with her maternal aunt. The bone of contention is property that belonged to her late father.  Born in 1989 in Nyaruhegeri, Gisagara district, in the Southern province, Ingabire...

Thursday, September 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

I love vintage fashion - Ingabire

HARRIET Ingabire is the brain behind ‘Hands of Hope’ at Red Rocks Intercultural Exchange Centre. It is a project which empowers vulnerable women living with HIV/Aids, as well as children from disadvantaged families in Nyakinama sector, Musanze district.  Doreen Umutesi, talked to...

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

The Gusaba: Leave the glitter for the bride

NOBODY wants to attend a wedding only to find that they are wearing the same outfit as someone else. The urge to go back home and change sets in and it takes a very strong person to resist it.  When it comes to traditional weddings (Gusaba), chances are that you will show up wearing the same...

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

The Umushanana: Leave the glitter for the bride

NOBODY wants to attend a wedding only to find that they are wearing the same outfit as someone else. The urge to go back home and change sets in and it takes a very strong person to resist it. The bride’s traditional gown has hints of glitter which has become a trend. (File photo) When it...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014, 12:00 AM

Should housewives get an allowance? (I don’t see why not)

Last week, I had an interesting conversation with a male friend about women and their position when it comes to balancing being parents, partners in the home and obviously, taking on professions.  Somehow, the argument veered towards my idea that perhaps, housewives should be paid for their...

Friday, August 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

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