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 an intelligent and hardworking career woman. She is an internationally-educated boss lady, having help positions in her industry that are not easily accessible to women. Meet my gorgeous friend Dionne…
I believe that as women, we are all part of the same tribe. We can all identify with each other regardless of our religious beliefs, social standing, colour of our skin or academic achievements.
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: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe
Hiya Dionne, what makes you a woman?
Everything about me makes me a woman. My beauty inside and outside, my curves, my strength, my sensitivity, my generosity, my nurturing spirit and my ability to multi task.
Now that I am carrying a child I have more of an appreciation of what it means to be a woman, being able to carry another life inside of you is such a privilege.
Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?
I respect my mom the most in this world she has taught me the greatest life lessons. She has taught me especially that even though you have struggles in life, it does not mean you are failing; every great success story requires some sort of struggle to get there.
Persist until you SUCCEED. Despite her struggles she perseveres with such strength and grace! No matter what life throws at her she continues to be the most humble, loving and generous individual.
She is a nurse anesthetist by profession and she is so passionate about her job. Through her example of having a strong, dedicated and professional work ethic, in turn also motivated me to find a profession that I was passionate about.
If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?
I would be further along in my career. In Zimbabwe hospitality is still a very male-dominated industry and there are very few women that have broken the glass ceiling in making it in the top positions in hospitality. I can count on one hand the female General Managers of major hotels in the resort town of Victoria Falls.
What do you struggle with the most in life?
I mostly struggle with society and the expectations. The stereotypes and the racism. Life and the world as we know it has changed so much and we as humans are able to travel and experience diverse cultures and countries.
There is need for more open mindedness and understanding and for the human race to understand that at the end of the day we all want the same things no matter whether we are blue, black, pink or yellow and no matter what nationality we are.
What do you enjoy the most in life?
I am not sure whether I can narrow it down to one thing…
Firstly, I enjoy the simple things in life. Being able to share genuine connections with my partner, family and friends. Mostly this consists of us getting together and enjoying good food and good wine and sharing our life stories.
Secondly, I enjoy travelling and the adventure of exploring new countries, new cultures and also the culinary experience that goes with it.
I feel that travelling enriches ones life and inspires you to be a better person and appreciate people from all over the globe.
What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?
Don’t be afraid to follow your heart and live your life on your own terms. Don’t be afraid to speak your truth and stand up for what you believe in. Even if you are told NO or that your ideas are impossible, or that your choices are leading you down the wrong path.
If your spirit is telling you that you need to pursue it, Go ahead and DO YOU!
What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?
I would tell men out there that they should not put us in a box or objectify us. Women have a lot to bring to the table and if we work together and appreciate each other’s strengths, we can make our communities and in turn the world at large, a better place.
What is your dream?
I have many dreams but I will share with you three that are at the top of my list…
I would like to be a General Manager of a prestigious 5 star hotel somewhere in Africa or The Islands.
I would like to own a restaurant that focuses on sustainability, a farm-to-table concept that will be family run and not commercial. The restaurant will be family oriented with a book shop, a shop that is filled with items from women’s community projects and a farmers market where local farmers and culinary artisans are able to sell their wares.
I would like to start a foundation that mentors young girls from the ages of 10 years old to 18 years old. That educates them on their value and what they have to offer to their communities. To also educate them that no matter what their background may be, focusing on getting a good education and believing in the power of their dreams will open doors for them!
Anything else you’d like to add?
I believe that as women, we are all part of the same tribe. We can all identify with each other regardless of our religious beliefs, social standing, colour of our skin or academic achievements. We should all to build each other up and encourage each other to be better and to do better!
Every day we create our own history and every path we take, we are leaving a legacy, so let’s be trailblazers for the next generation!
Thanks Dionne xo
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