Infertility or the inability of a couple to become pregnant after 12 months of unprotected intercourse comes off as every woman’s nightmare. The idea that one cannot bring forth an offspring to the world is shocking in as much as it is disheartening!
It is a myth that women cannot excel in ICT, a field that has so far been dominated by men. This was proven as the ministry of youth and ICT (MYICT) on Thursday marked Girls in ICT day with the ‘Girls in ICT Career Fair.’
Cervical cancer is the number one cause of death from cancer among women in the world – Rwanda inclusive, yet many don’t realise that it is also the most preventable among them. A simple test done on your cervix – the pap smear – can save your life. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens into the vagina (birth canal).
For most people, youth is about getting an education in order to secure a job that enables them to support parents and siblings and improve their livelihood. Few would think of trying to have a real impact on society as a whole.
Jean-Marie Vianney Munyensanga, a 39-year old from Karongi, is not opposed to women’s emancipation, but to say that men and women are equal is a step too far. “I believe that they can complement each other, but there has to be a chief who is in charge and that has to be the man. There are times when the couple fails to agree on something and you have to take a decision in the family’s interests and explain it to her later. Women in the countryside still need a change in mindset.”
Whoever said a light complexion was tantamount to beauty must be held accountable for the many bleached skins in the world. Most ladies – and quite a few men too – have gone crazy applying skin lightening creams and swallowing pills which have had negative effects on their health. This is all in the name of beauty!
The Minister of Family and Gender Promotion, Oda Gasinzigwa, has announced that this year’s Women’s Day celebrations will focus on strengthening home-grown solutions to prevent and resolve conflicts in families and also facilitate forums to discuss different development programs. The theme for this year is ‘Gender equality that promotes family dignity.’
On Friday the world will celebrate the annual International Women’s Day. Rwanda, today the country with the biggest proportion of women in parliament in the world, has made gigantic strides in promoting gender equality and women’s emancipation.
A lot has been said about women with characteristics similar to those believed to be inherent in men. Such women are referred to as Virago, known in Kinyarwanda as ‘Ibishegabo.’
Painted portraits of her father and mother hang side by side on the wall of her living room, with a self-portrait on another wall. There’s also a big painting of a smiling King James.