Women

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

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