Manager One Foundation / Senior Manager Human Relations
What do you wish for all women?
According to the statistics, women are underrepresented in all areas of life and society, take for example the proportion of women in leadership positions. Moreover, girls and women already have less access to schooling and vocational training and later earn less than men on average. To overcome these deficits, I wish for all women, equal participation in education, politics, business, research... just to name a few, and furthermore, a fair remuneration equal to men.
If you could have dinner with any inspiring woman (living or dead), who would you choose and why?
Oprah Winfrey. She grew up at a time when many doors were closed to Black women in the US. Her life story, her social rise, her commitment and moreover her career as a leader and entrepreneur, move me a lot! I'm sure she has a lot to tell and one evening would definitely not be enough!
What are you most proud of?
I don't know if "proud" is the right term for it.... But probably the closest thing to it is the feeling I have when I look back on my career path so far. At the age of 24, I caught up on my A-levels and studied before re-entering professional life. This was often arduous and also demanded a lot of stamina from me. So, if anything, I can be proud of having had the perseverance to not lose sight of my goals and dreams!
This year's Women's Day is themed #BreaktheBias. Have you been confronted with prejudices against women and if so, how can you overcome these biases in the future?
Unfortunately, it still happens that many women, no matter what their position, are given less credit in everyday interactions or are questioned differently than their male counterparts. I have also personally encountered this form of everyday sexism more than once. The most effective way to overcome this problem is for us women to work together and point out the existing grievances, demand appropriate countermeasures and establish them!
What is a message you would like to give to young women?
Dare to think bigger and realise your (professional) dreams! And I wish you a large portion of fearlessness and mutual support, because: always better together.