In order to promote women’s empowerment and to generate awareness of the importance of achieving gender equality, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments each Wednesday.
For this week’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Helena Ndapanda Ndoroma, a proud mother who also works as a junior tax consultant.
Check out Helena’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she talks about women’s empowerment and encourages young girls to follow their dreams.
1.) Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your career?
I am first and foremost a mother to the most amazing little baby girl in the world. While balancing motherhood, I am a junior tax consultant at Deloitte Namibia. I enjoy singing, dancing, running with colleagues and having a laugh with friends. Although it has been a while since I last took a dip, I thoroughly enjoy swimming.
2.) What are your thoughts on women’s empowerment and gender equality?
I believe that women should be afforded the same opportunities as men and not be defined or restricted by past customs and practices. We live in a new world where women are capable of balancing and excelling in both ‘work life’ and ‘home life’ if they wish to do so, and above all, they are allowed to.
3.) Have you come across any challenges in your field because of your gender?
No. My workplace embraces diversity of both culture and gender. In fact, my department is actually female-dominant. There are 3 brave men working alongside 9 ladies.
4.) What is your advice to girls pursuing their dreams?
I say: Ladies, believe in your dreams and go for them. The sky is the limit and no one can tell you otherwise. The road is not a simple smooth one, there will be downfalls and obstacles to overcome but always remember that it is not impossible. With Faith and belief all is possible.
5.) What is your motto in life?
If you’re not living on the edge then you’re taking up too much space. You Only Live Once so make it count!