Every Wednesday, through our #WednesdayCelebrateWomen Campaign we honour some of the inspiring women who are making an impact and redefining their roles in society through their hard work and dedication. The month of May, we highlight Daphne Losper from Keetmanshoop who works as a Driver for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Namibia. Working as a law enforcement officer at the City Police before, Daphne recalls her first two weeks at the UN as being very challenging as it was a very busy time. “I was thrown into the deep end and had to learn to swim. It was a tough time, and I had to rely on my experience as a law enforcement officer. I put on a brave face each day and embraced every day as a challenge because I am a strong person.” Read more about Daphne in part one of our #WCW feature:
Now fully settled in her new role as a driver, we asked Daphne what inspired her to take on this new career path?
“I needed a new challenge and wanted career growth. UNDP is ideal and offers a totally different environment to what I was used to in law enforcement. The organisation offers career growth and I am excited at the future prospects in store for me.”
Your role is very male dominated, how does this make you feel?
“I am not easily intimidated, I come from a field in law enforcement that is typically male dominated. My training and experience has prepared me very well. I appreciate the compliments I receive as people do not typically expect a woman to work in this line of work. I believe as women we need to pioneer the road for others to show that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.”
What do you love most about your job and what have you learnt?
“I have learnt so much about the United Nations. Our office offers opportunities to do online training courses in various fields, and I have a greater understanding of social issues. While working, I am being empowered through training. Everyday I am challenged to do something new or different and I try to excel in all I do. The best part of my job is the continuous learning I do on a daily basis, interacting with different people and now I know the shortest routes in and around the city. There are people others only get to see on television and see pictures in the newspapers, I have a front row seat in seeing some of the movers and shakers of our time…”
Look out for part two next week and learn more about our #WCW feature for the month of May.