Hope for girls in ICT as more mentorship programmes roll out

28-YEAR-OLD Angel Bisamaza recalls they were only seven girls out of a class of sixty during her university days at the National University of Rwanda.  Although her childhood dream was to be a lawyer like her father or a journalist, Bisamaza ended up pursuing a course in Information...

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Does it matter what you wear to church?(God doesn’t have a dress code)

I don’t want to sound silly but have you ever given thought to why we come into this world naked? I know God gave man the knowledge to make clothes but that should not be the deciding factor on who should go to church and who should not. Centuries back, people used to walk around naked and no...

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 12:00 AM

Are beauty contests corrupting society? (They have a lot to offer)

“If wishes were horses, beggars would ride” goes an English proverb. If I could turn back the hands of time, I would take part in a beauty pageant. I would really like to meet a woman who wouldn’t feel great being crowned a beauty queen. If I could take part in a beauty contest,...

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

The conman I thought was ‘the one’

I wish that what happened to me was all just a bad dream. But sadly, it’s not. I gues that is the price you pay for being naive.  I was just 20 years old when I met a guy who actually lied to me about his name the first day we met. He also lied about his work place and always met with...

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 12:00 AM

Marital rape: The horror victims won’t talk about

MY husband returned home at 2.00am in the night drunk. I had spent the whole day in bed not feeling well. When he entered the bedroom, he asked me for his food which I gave him and went back to sleep. After eating he jumped into bed and wanted to have sex with me but I told him I was sick and not...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

You are what you wear - Cynthia Rupari

Cynthia Rupari is the CEO and co-founder of Rupari Agency. For those who shop online, there is also a web shop. The soft-spoken Rupari talked to Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi about how fashion is a way of life. How would you describe your fashion sense? My dress sense is actually...

Friday, January 17, 2014, 12:00 AM

Does the price of an engagement ring measure love? (It’s a symbol of love)

I would really want to meet the woman not bothered by the value of her engagement ring. An engagement ring is something a woman looks at everyday and it reminds her of the love and commitment that her spouse has, leaving her reassured.  But if it’s some cheap metal that fades with just a...

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Aurore Mutesi on the trials and triumphs of her reign as Miss Rwanda

Aurore Mutesi Kayibanda’s reign as Miss Rwanda will end on February 22, 2014 when her successor is crowned. She spoke to Women Today’s Doreen Umutesi about the trials and triumphs during her reign.  “When I decided to enter the Miss Rwanda pageant in 2012, I wanted to be an...

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

e-books or good old book reading?(I don’t want to deal with tech problems! )

Besides enjoying the scent of a hard copy novel, especially an old book, I enjoy sharing a great novel with friends after I’m done. I totally enjoy reading a romance novel while curled up in bed where I can fantasize that I’m the girl the very hot guy in the book is crazy about,...

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Blending your bag with your outfit

There are things some women overlook, thinking they do nothing for an outfit, like a handbag. Most young women do not realise that it can actually enhance the outfit.  For starters, try blending a handbag with the same shade of your shoes and see how it will brighten the outfit. You can build...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 12:00 AM

Would you take your five-year-old to boarding school?(No, it’s like sending them to prison! )

I don’t want to sugar coat it in anyway; the honest truth is that it’s extremely not humane to send a five-year-old to boarding school at whatever cost. If you have been to a boarding school, then you will definitely know it’s no place for a five-year-old. In simple terms, sending...

Thursday, January 2, 2014, 12:00 AM

Top Rwandan women achievers in 2013

Last week we took a look at some of the women and groups that made a difference in women empowerment. This week, Women Today’s Doreen Umutesi looks at specific women who soared in 2013. Violette Uwamutara Violette Uwamutara, the Country Director of Digital Opportunity Trust (Dot), was...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

Fashion trends that graced Rwanda in 2013

Hair Straws  This year so many women in Rwanda were spotted with hair straws. The encouraging thing about this style is that it can be done with natural and treated hair.  The hair straws style has been trendy this year because it was embraced by the corporate women as well as...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

Top Rwandan women achievers in 2013

Last week we took a look at some of the women and groups that made a difference in women empowerment. This week, Women Today’s Doreen Umutesi looks at specific women who soared in 2013. Violette Uwamutara Violette Uwamutara, the Country Director of Digital Opportunity Trust (Dot), was...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

2013: A year of major strides in women empowerment

To say that 2013 wasn’t a women’s year would be a lie. From parliament to social welfare to  empowering the girl child, Rwandan women have soared against all odds. Women Today’s Doreen Umutesi looks at some of the women and girls that have made a difference this year.Women...

Thursday, December 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

2013: A year of major strides in women empowerment

To say that 2013 wasn’t a women’s year would be a lie. From parliament to social welfare to  empowering the girl child, Rwandan women have soared against all odds. Women Today’s Doreen Umutesi looks at some of the women and girls that have made a difference this year.Women in...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 12:00 AM

HER STYLE:Agiraneza: Keep it simple and classy

Rebecca Agiraneza, the 2013 Miss Rwanda Malaysia who was also recently crowned 2013 African Queen by the African Social Awards Malaysia (ASAM), spoke to Society Magazine’s Doreen Umutesi about her fashion sense.  How would you describe your dress sense? The most important thing to me is...

Friday, December 13, 2013, 12:00 AM

More effort needed to fight GBV, says official

There is need for collective efforts to fight Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country, an official has said. Oda Gasinzigwa, the Minister for Gender and Family promotion particularly urged religious leaders to promote family dialogue as a strategy to end Gender Based Violence in families....

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:00 AM

Can a public figure have a private life?(No, there is a price to pay for fame! )

Each time the issue of public figures being entitled to privacy is discussed, I don’t know why it happens but it sparks off a heated argument. I think it’s because it’s hard to draw a line in terms of where the public figure’s private life begins because their private lives...

Thursday, December 12, 2013, 12:00 AM

Bangles add flavour to an outfit

Most women have tendencies of wearing bangles as a ‘by the way’ without considering that they actually bring out the flavour in an outfit.  Today, bangles have been highlighted as fashion accessories that blend well with any outfit, making an outfit more attractive.  Bangles...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

Subscribe to The New Times E-Paper