Gashumba’s gorilla trekking passion

RWANDA IS home to some of the world’s 790 remaining mountain gorillas and one of the leading destinations for tourists. Loyce Gashumba, 27, is a female tour guide at the Volcanoes National Park (PNV) which is visited by thousands of tourists annually. Despite the harsh weather conditions at...

Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Let your style bring out your personality - Martine Gatabazi

CURRENTLY touring the country in promotion of Primus Guma Guma Super Star 4 (PGGSS), Martine Gatabazi, the marketing manager of Bralirwa LTD, describes her fashion trend as classic.  In an interview with Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi, Gatabazi expresses her love for colourful short...

Friday, May 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Play around with colours and styles - Lisa B Marler

Lisa B Marler is an American interior designer who specialises in kitchen and bath. She recently launched an interior design magazine called H Magazine which aims at supporting and guiding designers, architects and contractors in Rwanda. She spoke to Doreen Umutesi about her fashion sense.  ...

Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Does social media activism have any impact on real issues? (Put your actions where your mouth is)

Social media activism is an example of the classic middle class response to societal challenges.  Rather than come out to physically make an impact; we only go as far as being loud by typing keys and waiting for others to get their hands dirty. Social media activism on its own can not have...

Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Uwantege’s selfless service has transformed Kinigi sector

AT a tender age of 23, Faith Uwantege quit her job as a front office manager at Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge where she earned Rwf 200,000 a month. Her reason for quitting was a calling to help orphans, widows and the most vulnerable families in Kinigi Sector, Musaze District. She established Faith...

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Should Kinyarwanda be the language of instruction in schools? (Yes, to preserve the local language)

THE main reason I support the use of Kinyarwanda as the language of instruction in schools at least in primary school is because it’s the best way to preserve our culture.  I have had several encounters with youngsters who can’t express themselves in Kinyarwanda mainly because...

Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Butera’s 8 fashion tips to achieve simplicity and elegance

Sandrine Isheja Butera presents the K-Mid-morning show which tackles vast societal issues. Butera has also been an emcee at several corporate events. She spoke to Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi about her fashion sense.   How would you describe your dress sense? For me comfort...

Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

More support needed to keep women empowerment momentum, says World Bank gender chief

Jeni Klugman is the Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank. Last week she was in Rwanda to attend the Oxford Human Rights Conference on Women and Poverty. She also visited adolescent girls and women empowerment projects around Kigali.  The lead spokesperson on gender...

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Fashion is life, says Aline Gahongayire

Gospel artiste Aline Gahongayire owns a fashion house called Alga Fashion Inc. that specialises mostly in outfits for plus-size women.  The ‘Ntankoz’Isoni’ star shared with Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi the fashion trends that work best for her.  How would...

Friday, May 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Women speak out on how saving schemes changed their lives

DESPITE concerted efforts to empower women and sensitise them on their rights, they still face many challenges. The ordinary women find it difficult to access credit compared to men.  This is because many ordinary women don’t have collateral which is a prerequisite to acquire a bank...

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Is fictional literature beneficial to society? (It boosts creativity)

Fictional writing is beneficial to society because it enhances one’s imagination and that way, people are able to think beyond what meets the eye.  I don’t want to sound like a scientist but besides fictional literature being a source of entertainment to a reader; it also gives...

Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Be fashionable but respectful - Evelyne Umurerwa

Veteran television presenter/news anchor Evelyne Umurerwa has graced Rwandan television sets for years.  Based on the outfits she wonderfully pulls off on TV, there is no doubt that the media personality has a great sense of style.  Umurerwa tells Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi...

Friday, April 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Women should be at the centre of conflict resolution, says AU Special Envoy for women

SHE is the founder and president of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), which is a women’s movement.  Time Magazine also listed Senegalese-born Bineta Diop among the world’s most influential people in 2011; she has been instrumental in peace building initiatives in Africa with...

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Media fraternity honours slain comrades

The Rwanda media fraternity on Wednesday commemorated more that 50 journalists killed during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. During the event in Kigali, names of fallen journalists were read out and their photos displayed. Speaking at the event, Arthur Asiimwe, Director General of Rwanda...

Friday, April 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Jesus’ trial: Would you have defended him? (He deserves a fair trial)

I had never given much thought to the charges that led to the authorisation of the crucifixion of Jesus by Pontius Pilate till I decided to put my arguments in writing.  It’s surprising that Jesus was arrested on blasphemy charges just because he called himself the ‘Son of God...

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

My designs say a lot about my personality - Mbabazi

24-year-old Christine Mbabazi is the presenter of the Overdrive Show on Radio 10. But that’s just one of the things she does; Mbabazi is also a fashion designer and owns a boutique called Christine’s Creative Collections (CCC) located in Remera. The merry Mbabazi talks to Society...

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Surviving the Genocide was a turning point in my life – Mukankaka

ALTHOUGH many people make promises to God when they are going through hard times and forget to fulfill them, Rose Gakwandi Mukankaka kept her promise to God after surviving the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.  She was at home with children when all hell broke loose. Her late husband was away...

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Haragirimana has overcome mental illness to fight for the rights of the mentally sick

WHEN Claver Haragirimana was in senior four, he was admitted at Ndera Neuropsychiatric Hospital for a month after suffering from a mental illness. But he endured a lot of stigma from his family members and friends.  “Although doctors had declared my mental health to be stable, my family...

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Some of the milestones achieved as a result of women empowerment in the last 20 years

As a result of Governance and legal framework, gender equality has been illustrated by the development of national frameworks and mechanisms including, the constitution, the Vision 2020, Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS), the National Gender Policy and Decentralisation...

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Women and Genocide twenty years later

The perpetrators of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi used rape as a tool against women. Women were physically and sexually abused. They endured horrific acts of torture and rape.  Twenty years later, some women are still traumatised and have permanent scars- a bitter reminder of the horror...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

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