Women

Where are the women in science?

Interventions against global challenges call for as much stakeholder input and involvement. However, has this been the case in the field of science? Data from the United Nations website shows that less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women. According to The United Nations...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 11:03am

A big lesson from rural Rwandan women

A few years ago, regional water bodies came under siege. Water Hyacinth attacked from nowhere, literally creating a green carpet that extended beyond eyesight. Lake Victoria, the largest water body in the region and the source of livelihood for millions, was nearly chocked by the water weed, that...

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 12:17pm

Why am I so insecure?

Dear Counsellor, I don’t consider myself to be beautiful but I’ve been told many times that with the right clothes and a bit of makeup I look very pretty. I do get men leering at me a bit which makes me feel a bit shy, and the ones that come after me aren’t interested in me as a...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 10:47pm

Bugesera women turn undesirable water hyacinth into a goldmine

Every community that lives around any water body shudders at the sight of the water hyacinth floating on the waters. This is more so when the livelihood of that community depends on that very water. The water hyacinth is a free-floating aquatic plant with broad, thick, glossy, ovate leaves that...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 2:15am

My son’s deadbeat dad is back

Dear Counsellor, I had a brief relationship that resulted in getting knocked up. The day I told him about the pregnancy, he panicked and said he wasn’t ready for the responsibility. He was free to handle the information whichever way he saw fit. And he did — he vanished. The kid is now...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 9:59pm

KWEZI AND I: New issues, newer discoveries

I have heard people say that life is a permanent teacher but I think it needs to be rephrased because if anything, raising a child is like being permanently in class. While the teacher may come and teach something that you know a little about, he or she will on very many occasions make you realise...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 10:27am

What does local government women network mean for empowerment drive?

Last week, Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities (RALGA) launched a new initiative called Rwanda Network of Women in Local Government. The platform was established to work as an internal mechanism that will facilitate capacity building of for its members in order to enhance effective...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:38am

Women farmers to benefit from $250 million project

Women farmers will soon benefit from a project that seeks to promote sustainable agriculture by involving them in policy making and budgeting. The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the Arab Bank for Economic Development will inject $250 million to implement the five-year project in...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:35am

Africa’s women belong at the top

Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, cultural, political, and economic biases are conspiring to keep talented women from pursuing leadership positions. To give more young women the opportunity to develop their talents and put their skills to work, today’s leaders must clear a path for the female...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:21am

My husband wants a divorce

Dear Counsellor, After 12 years of marriage, my husband has decided he wants a divorce. It hasn’t been perfect with us, but I didn’t know it was this bad. I want to stay married more than anything else, I just don’t want to be self-centred. He says he feels suffocated and that he...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:04pm

My son stammers. Should I be worried?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal that my four year old son can’t speak well yet most kids in his class do? He seems to have a stammer but I am not sure yet because he rarely talks. Is this a stammering issue? What causes it? Lydia - Dear Lydia, Stuttering is a speech disorder, where the...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:50pm

Dr Ntirushwa on changing the ‘labour ward experience’ for African women

Dr Isabelle Kayitesi Ntirushwa’s passion put her at the forefront of championing maternal health. As the managing director of Iranzi Clinic, a faith-based private clinic that focuses on maternal health, she believes in empowering women in the most difficult times. Ntirushwa and her team are...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:47pm

Religion: Empowering or oppressive to women?

One Angel Nduka-Nwosu recently sparked an interesting discussion on Twitter when she requested African Christian women to quote or reply with a tweet about the most sexist/dehumanising thing they had ever heard about women in the church. Many responded with tweets that condemned religious beliefs...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:25am

KWEZI AND I: Of weather that comes with issues

Most of us who have been suffering because of the hot season have for the last few days been celebrating the rainy season that started about a week ago. That humidity that was threatening to suffocate us is now gone, and for that we are thankful. That said, just like some of us prefer rain to...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 11:52pm

What causes pregnancy symptoms but negative test?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal to get pregnancy-like symptoms even when not?  For instance, for the past two weeks I’ve been feeling nauseous, dizzy and I can’t stand the smell of certain things that I didn’t have a problem with before. I took a pregnancy test and I’m not...

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 11:46pm

Women urged to play a greater role in elections

Charles Munyaneza, the Executive Secretary of the National Electoral Commission (NEC), has urged women and girls to massively participate in the upcoming parliamentary polls. He made the call yesterday during a meeting with members of Girls Leaders Foundation, an association that gathers girls and...

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 8:32am

16 Kigali women candidates scramble for two House seats

Sixteen candidates vying for two seats for the Kigali Women representative in the September 4 parliamentary elections yesterday kicked off their campaigns before hundreds of women local leaders who will have a final say on who joins the lower house. The women leaders, all from 11 of the 15 sectors...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 11:58pm

Women-led tech startups on the rise in Africa

On the surface, sub-Saharan Africa boasts the world’s highest rate of women entrepreneurs, at 27%. The MasterCard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2017 listed two African countries, Uganda (34.8%) and Botswana (34.6%), as having the highest percentage of women entrepreneurs globally. But dig a...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:49pm

Contrary to popular opinion, feminists make the best partners

Feminists have got the misconstrued reputation of being angry radical misandrists who have no business being in relationships. People who think these things are either patriarchs or they have interacted with selfish women disguised as feminists (unfortunately there are many of them out there). In...

Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 8:09pm

PL seeks to empower cell administrators

Leaders of Liberal Party (PL) on Monday convened in Rulindo District canvassing for support ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary elections. The party has put forward a list of 80 candidates to contest in the elections. Speaking at the rally, PL President, who is also the outgoing Speaker of the...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 8:46am