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 another power house in our community. My cousin, Saranna’s sister Ameera aka “MiMi”…
Every great dream begins with a dreamer! I love being African and calling Africa home
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I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…
Ameera “MiMi” Ameer
Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe
Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe
Hiya MiMi, what makes you a woman?
Aside from my very female physical traits, I would say being a multi-tasker, balancing life while still achieving careerwise and being a key player in the home.
Most women these days have this interesting balance of having active roles in the home and family but still achieving in their career.
Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?
My grandmother – what an amazing woman.
When I think of her life and what she meant to my family and to me, it truly reflects a woman with great values who we respected dearly in my family and community.
She was born in a time where opportunities were limited (in what was then Rhodesia) for a mixed-race woman born to a Shona mother and Indian Father. My grandmother provided for her kids and many more children after her husband passed away. She was an amazing woman and mother, not to just her five children, but to so many other children. She was a provider, a problem solver and a leader.
With her minimal education in a time where women had little opportunity, she held great purpose with several responsibilities. I think her story, like many African women, is one of great purpose and strength.
My grandmother brought me up and was actively involved in my upbringing at very key stages of my life. She helped shape my values and many skills, especially around running a home and being an honest and kind person. I was blessed to have her and miss her every day.
If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?
Well, I think men have a privilege over women in my communities and societies. They often have higher paying jobs and access to more opportunities than women. I think being a man comes with less hurdles in all aspects from business opportunities to the family. Men get away with not cooking, doing dishes and just day-to-day running of the household (While this may be changing in some parts of the world, not so much in other parts).
Women do it all and at times in HEELS! While sometimes men do have pressure to be providers, there is also more room for them to actually have the opportunities to be providers. Men have less standards to be held accountable to – there are different rules for different genders.
For example if a woman is confident and refuses to be treated a certain way, she is labeled as bossy or difficult, but if a man is to do the same, he is labeled as assertive and strong.
It is definitely complex regarding gender and gender roles. Ultimately, I feel society has more benefits for males and less obstacles for them, the girl child faces more hurdles, especially in the African context.
Women have to be twice as good and fight more battles to succeed both in the boardroom and with family. These are facts!
What do you struggle with the most in life?
At times, being an adult is a grand task – from personal goals and achievements. Young Adults have this transition into the real demands of growing up and providing for yourself and family.
In the Zimbabwean context, the economic challenges make it harder to plan and achieve personal career goals.
How does one take a mortgage?
By what age should you have your first home?
Accessing good healthcare
Taking care of aging parents
These are some of the challenges young Zimbabwean adults face.
A millennial adult in Zimbabwe has even more added pressure to make a plan in a not-so-normal economy.
What do you enjoy the most in life?
Family, friends and travel!
At the end of the day, I am so lucky to have a beautiful family.
Celebrating Eid, birthdays and supporting each other makes it all worth it. Sure we may not always agree with each other but we surely do love each other.
Friends are the family we chose so they are extra special. Traveling for me is a favourite hobby. Exploring beautiful locations and escaping day-to-day life.
To travel is to truly live and there are so many stunning and exciting destinations.
What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?
Your dreams are valid. You are strong. You can do it too. We are amazing. Love yourself. Never compromise. Be Bold.
What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?
Be fair. Be honest. Be gentle. Make an effort. Spoil her. Love her. It’s okay to show emotion. Make each day better and be better.
What is your dream?
To expand my empire, grow my blog and look into entrepreneurship.
From plus-size clothing, lifestyle consulting to tourism, interior design, media and digital marketing. I hope to make my mark and have an impact in the respective industries in Africa.
I love being African and calling Africa home. Zimbabwe is my home and I have many dreams of it excelling and becoming an African success story. I hope that at the end of the day we have good leadership and governance with equal opportunity for all genders and races.
As for my family, I hope that we continue to nurture and provide for one another. I especially hope to surpass my father’s expectations and to live honestly by him as he is a very special man in my life – present fathers like him are to be celebrated.
More travel is a must and a favourite.
Finally, I am a Muslim and hope to explore my spirituality and purpose in life. This path ahead, I hope will lead me closer to Allah and to be a better person. While I am not typically religious, I am very spiritually aware of Allah’s presence. Life on this earth is only part of one’s journey with the All Mighty, The Most Merciful and Powerful. In the meantime, I will enjoy the adventure along the way!
Check out MiMi’s award-winning blog here
Anything else you’d like to add?
Every great dream begins with a dreamer!
Thanks MiMi xo
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