Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.
To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.
It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.
The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.
Today’s interview is with one of my best friends from when we were teenagers. Growing up in Zimbabwe was a very colourful and cultured time. We have a diverse set of cultures, including Portuguese Zimbabwean, like my bestie Alda…
Men are widely misunderstood in our society as being macho, stoic and unfeeling, when largely they just speak a different language that us ladies are still yet to become fluent in!
Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above, (or at the very bottom on phone browsers).
I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…
Current location: Brisbane, Australia
Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe
Hi Al, what makes you a woman?
Apart from being biologically so, I would have to say that what makes me a woman is the drive to nurture, help and give back to the world in my own way.
I’m still working on how I can fully bring this to the surface but the journey of discovering this is what keeps me motivated to discover the best way that I can be a light in this world
Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?
Hands down my Mom!
Her innate sense of protection, her fierce loyalty and unconditional love have taught me to always see the best in everything and everyone no matter the situation or circumstance. She has always been so patient, kind and loving despite having her own demons to deal with through her life.
She is the strongest, most selfless person I know and I have the absolute privilege of having her as my mom!
If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?
Ooooo good question!
Well to be honest, I don’t think much different apart from a few slight differences.
In my opinion, men are widely misunderstood in our society as being macho, stoic and unfeeling, when largely they just speak a different language that us ladies are still yet to become fluent in!
I think it’s just as important to venerate the gents nowadays as much as we do women – they are human and feel just as we do.
The only place I feel that men differ because they fall automatically into a male stereotyped world, is a certain freedom in that it’s accepted for them to do what they want in business and sometimes in family life, whereas, we are still on this journey and are still expected to fulfill certain “roles”.
What do you struggle with the most in life?
It’s been different struggles at different points in life, right now I would have to say that being in my late 30’s and not yet being a mom because of many different reasons, some of which include running multiple businesses.
It’s a struggle mostly because of the expectations, be they verbalized or not, that society places on me for not fulfilling this as yet.
What do you enjoy the most in life?
I love my family, music, the arts, dancing, my work and my friends! The simple things really are the most enjoyable I’ve found!
What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?
You can do/be anything you want as long as you believe in yourself first! That’s the secret – an awareness of self – self love, self empowerment, self care and self worth!
Fill your cup first and then focus on others!
What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?
Be aware of women!
We can actually teach you, be open to hearing us out and giving us some real
time to discover the actual power we possess.
We can help you get to where you want to be!
What is your dream?
To help as many people as possible through my work and to help our world at the same time!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just that we as women need to build each other up and encourage one another to new heights!
We work better together!
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Thanks Alda xo
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