Are restrictive laws doing more harm than good? (They violate some freedoms!)

While in high school, there was a common mentality that rules and regulations are put in place to be broken, because there is something about restrictions in the way they tend to push people into doing what they are banned to do.  I believe that laws are put in place to serve society and...

Friday, April 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

Wear something that flatters your body – Colombe

25-year-old Colombe Ituze Ndutiye is a fashion designer and the founder of INCO Icyusa, one of Rwanda’s fashion labels that deal in traditional and modern styles. Ndutiye spoke to Society’s Doreen Umutesi about her personal fashion sense. 1. How would you describe your dress sense? I...

Friday, April 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwanda’s transformation through the eyes of female journalists

With the negative role the media played in fanning the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, one would say it became the most unpopular profession to venture into in the aftermath of the Genocide. Women Today’s Doreen Umutesi spoke to four Rwandan female journalists on what inspired them to join...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

At 30, Wibabara is a PhD holder and a mother

As a child, the 30-year-old Charity Wibabara always wanted to become a great lawyer but it had never occurred to her that she would actually go as far as pursuing a PhD in International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice. But how did she manage to juggle family, work and school at the same time...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

Should there be random drug testing in schools? (It’s not a question for debate)

As a way of bringing up a drug free generation, I think this should not even be a question for debate.  With the rate at which the youth are embracing drug abuse, I think that drug testing should even be done from house to house! If the school announces that the drug testing exercise will...

Thursday, March 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

Does the level of education translate into intelligence?(Academic credentials are just a requirement in the world)

One’s intellect can be boosted by several factors so we can’t entirely attribute their knowledge to academic credentials. To a greater extent, academic credentials are in most cases a mere requirement in the employment world although it’s also gradually changing!  There are...

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Go for what brings out the best in you - Diana Teta

21-year-old Diana Teta is the female voice behind the hit song Fata Fata and the only female in Gakondo Music group. She talked to Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi about her fashion sense. How would you describe your fashion sense?  On normal days, I will go for casual but if its...

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Mukeshimana lost limbs at 16, but did not resign to fate

August 8, 1994 started like any other day for Alphonsine Mukeshimana. She woke up and went about her usual work. At only 16 years of age, life was just starting for the teenage girl. But what started as a normal day ended tragically leaving her incapacitated for life.   Mukeshimana lost both...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Nude art: Provocative or innocent art?(The human body is art!)

This debate is tricky but I honestly don’t see why nude art is said to promote immorality yet it’s merely expression. When it comes to artwork like sketches, paintings or digital pieces of the human body, people should not confuse self expression for being vulgar as the human body is a...

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Istanbul: Home to ‘the rod that parted the Red Sea’

WHEN I set off from Kigali to Istanbul at 2a.m, I didn’t know that my journey would lead me to exciting historical discoveries.   After an eight hour flight, the Turkish Airlines booing safely landed at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. As soon as I disembarked, Istanbul welcomed me with...

Thursday, March 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

I want to empower farmers using ICT solutions - Ms Geek Rwanda

ON INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day, Rwanda’s first ever Ms Geek Rwanda contest was held at Lemigo Hotel. Now, this was no glitzy young-girls-strutting-around-in-swimsuits kind of contest. On the contrary, the last five girls standing battled it out through their knowledge and skills in...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Ruboneka’s 45 years of fighting for women empowerment

BORN in 1945, Suzanne Ruboneka and her family were forced to flee Rwanda in the 1960s. “One thing that I regret about my 45 year work experience is the fact that I spent 26 years in exile. But my greatest joy is the fact that I retired in my home country,” Ruboneka says. ...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 12:00 AM

Rwandan Businesswomen eye Turkish market

Rwandan women entrepreneurs have been urged to take advantage of the strong business relations between Rwanda and Turkey to look for better business opportunities.  The call was made during the just-concluded Turkey- Africa Women Entrepreneurs Trade Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey. The trade...

Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Meet Rwanda’s women national football team - the ‘She-Wasps’

THE national women football team, ‘She-Wasps’ eliminated Kenya in the first round of the 2014 African Women’s Championship (AWC) qualifiers to set a second round gigantic clash against seven-time winners of the tournament, Nigeria’ Super Falcons. Grace Nyinawunumtu’s...

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Do cosmetics cause more harm than good? (Money can’t buy beauty!)

Last week I woke up to news on social media of a woman that spent £1,500 on Dimpleplasty: a cheek piercing surgery to get dimples. According to The Huffington Post UK, Trainee lawyer Cherelle Campbell was one of the first women to undergo dimpleplasty - a pioneering plastic surgery that...

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Comfort surpasses everything - Oda Pacifique

Oda Pacifique Uzamberumwana a.k.a Paccy is the Rwandan female hip –hop artiste behind the hit song Umusirimu. The rapper hit the music scene in 2009. She talked to Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi about her fashion sense.  How would you describe your fashion sense?  During...

Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

The price women pay for beauty

There are the good, the bad and the downright ridiculous things women do in search of beauty. Some women go out seeking for cheap plastic surgery to enhance body parts. But one woman was not lucky. She ended up in the hands of a quack doctor who filled her buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 12:00 AM

Should polygamy be legalised? (Polygamy could help in sticky situations)

I believe that it’s unfair to consent to sharing a marital partner but with the way the world is evolving, polygamy should be legalised to cater for uncertainties.  For example if a married man or woman can’t have a child, and one of them decides to have one outside the marriage...

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Of fake men and fake romance

There have been assumptions that when one loves something so much it’s hard to let it go but that’s not true. In most cases letting go might just be what you need.   While growing up, I always wanted to have the perfect marriage; a great partner and beautiful children. My wedding...

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Should social media be regulated? (If we know what’s good for us, yes!)

I’m a great advocate of freedom of expression so it’s kind of weird that I’m the same person supporting the need to regulate social media content.  But since freedom comes with responsibility I will stand my ground and say that to some extent, social media does need to be...

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

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