Women

How digital platforms hasten women’s economic empowerment

A Pan-African networking platform was launched in the country at the recently concluded Global Gender Summit. The platform — ‘The 50 Million African Women Speak (50MAWS)’ is basically a web and mobile-based application that is set to boost business activities, as it aims at...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 12:15am

How can I make menstrual distress bearable?

Dear Doctor, My breasts really swell during my period and I get the worst cramps. I try to avoid work during those days but I have an inconsiderate boss. What can I do to make my ordeal more bearable? Annet Dear Annet, Sorry to hear about your suffering and the boss being inconsiderate...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:05am

Mrs Kagame commends new cervical cancer prevention programme for middle-aged women

The First Lady of Rwanda, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, has commended a new programme that will provide cervical cancer prevention options to women aged between 30-49, that have not had a chance to get vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus, when they were younger. Set to commence in January...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 11:57pm

What is the purpose of my life?

Dear Counsellor, I graduated from university last year and I still haven’t found what I am interested in doing. I stay with my parents and they are very patient with me, however, I do not think that will last long. I do not see myself working in the field I majored in and nothing seems...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 11:05am

When a woman decides not to have children

Children were considered a sign of wealth in ancient Rwanda. A woman who had the ability to have children was considered by society as a blessing, but the story was different for those who couldn’t give birth. This was the case not only in Rwanda, but in many African societies. Having...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 9:12am

My life, my choice: ‘Why I chose not to have children’

Motherhood is not mandatory, and these two women agree. They share with us the reasons, experiences and stories behind their choice. “Congrats on the wedding! When are you planning to have a kid?” Sound familiar? These are just some of the many casual statements made by...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 9:11am

Violent conflicts ‘fuel women trafficking in Africa’

Women have been identified as the most victims of different violent conflicts across the African continent, a study by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), has shown. APRM, an organ of the African Union which promotes good governance, has said the proliferation of cross-border movement in...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:22am

Jeannette Kagame emphasises need to invest in gender equality

First Lady Jeannette Kagame has said that to fully realise the economic gains for women and girls is as much everyone’s responsibility, as it is about making the right investments, especially in closing gender gaps. She was speaking at the Global Gender Summit during a high-level panel...

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 9:12am

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

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