Women

Tunisian president proposes inheritance equality for women, with exceptions

Tunisia’s president on Monday proposed giving women equal inheritance rights despite protests from thousands of people objecting to any challenge to Islamic law. The North African Muslim country, which toppled autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, grants women more rights than other...

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 1:40am

KWEZI AND I: A diva is born

Kwezi is back from her grandparents’ home where she has been for a good three weeks. This year, I made a promise to myself that since I don’t get to see my parents as much as I would love to, I will give them Kwezi to fill the void. It is safe to say that I am using my child to fill a...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:56pm

Women are only after my money

Dear Counsellor, I am in my 30s and I have been working abroad for eight years but travel back once in a while. When I am in the country, I try to meet a woman who is serious about settling down but I have realised all who agree to date me are after my money. I have also tried dating African women...

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:48pm

Preeclampsia; a deadly condition for pregnant women

Pregnant women are advised to go for antenatal care every month, as this helps keep the mother and baby safe throughout the pregnancy. If these check-ups are respected, there are some conditions that can be prevented. One of the conditions, experts say, is preeclampsia — a life threatening...

Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 11:20pm

Women represent 60% of parliamentary candidates

Women are, again, likely to occupy the majority of seats in Parliament, based on the number of candidates who have expressed interest in competing in next month’s elections.  According to figures from the National Electoral Commission (NEC), women represent 61 per cent of the total...

Friday, July 27, 2018 - 1:06am

KWEZI AND I: It’s okay to change your mind

One of the tough things about being a first time parent is that you have no experience as backup. I thought that I had figured out exactly where I was taking Kwezi to school based on what I had seen but now I am not very sure. The school I had chosen was expensive but it was within what I have...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 9:37pm

Economically vulnerable women equipped with tailoring skills

Eleven women from economically vulnerable backgrounds graduated with skills in tailoring, following successful completion of a one-year course. At a graduation ceremony in Gasabo District, the women were awarded certificates of completion and a sewing machine each to start individual ventures and...

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 2:18am

What medicine should I avoid during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, I am two months pregnant with my first baby. I have not had any complications, and it seems to be going smoothly. I would like to know, however, about taking medications during pregnancy. For example, I’m used to taking painkillers when I have a headache, is that still safe?...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:20pm

Closing Pakistan’s electoral gender gap

ISLAMABAD – One hundred years ago, women in the United Kingdom gained the right to vote, and today, most women in the developed world are enfranchised. But in many developing countries, the resistance that British suffragettes faced a century ago, rooted in misogyny, persists. This is...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 9:32am

Why women in business are on the lighter side of the seesaw

The focus of many discussions is often on the women – or lack thereof – cracking typically male dominated industries, such as engineering, but there is also the unanswered question of why there are few women in the business sector. Despite commendable strides registered by Rwanda in...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 2:08pm

Can I get a period during pregnancy?

Dear Doctor, Is it normal to get a period during pregnancy? I am two months pregnant but I got what looks like a period for about a day. I visited a local clinic and the nurse told me not to worry, that it happens. She checked me and everything seemed fine. I am not in any pain. Is this normal?...

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - 8:33pm

EAC women exporters to get improved EU market

East African Women in Business Platform (EAWiBP) have successfully negotiated an agreement with the International Trade Centre (ITC) to increase market access to the block’s products to Europe. That comes after a round-table discussion with Ms. Arancha Gonzalez, who is the Executive Director...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 11:12am

Society benefits from gender equality – Kagame

President Paul Kagame has said that women can contribute more to society when enjoying their full rights. “Women can deliver more when they are enjoying their full rights. But with men and women working together using their talents to the maximum the effect is not just additive, it...

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 1:20am

KWEZI AND I: Celebrating unusual milestones

I am a woman of many words; that is not even a secret and from the look of things, Kwezi may take after me. Is that a good thing? Well, it perhaps depends on who you are asking. That said, at three and a half, Kwezi’s words are still hard to comprehend. It surprises many people because most...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:56pm

How do I get my maid to stop gossiping?

Dear Counsellor, I recently hired a maid to help out around the house. As far as work goes, she is excellent. She is clean and orderly and very respectful. She cooks well too. The problem is, I found out she befriended almost the entire neighbourhood. She spends a lot of time gossiping with the...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 10:53pm

What are the risks of using a tampon?

Dear Doctor, I’m 15 years old and started my period just three months back and my flow is normal. I would like to start using tampons as pads irritate my skin and sometimes leave me sore. Are tampons safe?  I worry that maybe it can get stuck. How often should I change?  Anita...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - 9:38pm

Women’s World Twenty20: England to face champions West Indies in Group A

England will play defending champions and hosts West Indies in Group A at the 10-team ICC Women’s World Twenty20. One-day World Cup winners England will also play Sri Lanka, South Africa and a qualifier in the November tournament. Group B features Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 12:48am

Saudi Arabia issues its first driver's licenses to women

Saudi Arabia has issued its first driver's licenses to 10 women ahead of June 24, when the Kingdom's due to end the world's only ban on women drivers. Officials expect another 2,000 women to seek licenses in the coming week, according to a news release from the country's Ministry...

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 11:50am

Philippines' Duterte 'intimidated by strong women'

Women's rights advocates in the Philippines have taken to social media to call out President Rodrigo Duterte's "sexist" statements, the latest of which include him suggesting that he take the country's tourism chief in a romantic liaison, and equating having a second wife to...

Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 9:03am

How Rwandan women in science are empowering girls

Last week, Rwanda Association of Women in Science and Engineering (RAWISE) was officially launched. RAWISE was first established in December 2015 by a group of Rwandan female engineers and scientists with the view to help encourage more Rwandan women to pick interest in and join science and...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 1:34pm