“I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” —Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Such was the atmosphere yesterday as Securex ladies assembled at the Securex Headquarters along Riverside Drive for a motivational talk. The ceremony was graced by the Securex Executive Director who is also a lady madam Anju Sahni. The guest speaker was madam Rachael Akidi Okwir, the Head of BBC East Africa Languages who took the ladies through the topic “gaining confidence in the workplace.”
From the onset, her talk was full of confidence. She touched on a wide range of things, such as how to boost your confidence and find your voice in a multi-cultural environment, keeping your focus, learning to be your authentic self, desiring to be excellent at everything you do and motivating yourself from within.
Having been a part of BBC World Service since 2002 as a producer, Rachael’s career has been a culmination of all things multicultural, first, starting off in a media house that was male-dominated and then moving on to work in London where she was part of the minority black community. Nevertheless, she rose and has never stopped rising.
As we develop in our careers, we are glad as women to have this knowledge. Moving forward, we shall be on the forefront in believing in ourselves even when no one does, through setting our own benchmarks of success and confronting our fears.
In her parting shot, Madam Anju noted that one-third of Securex staff is made of women. True to this year’s theme of #EachforEqual, the women of Securex are all individually challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions and improving situations and succeeding in the security industry, which is very male-dominated.
“We are grateful to Madam Rachael for taking her time to join us and share her own story with us in a way that we could all relate.” Concluded madam Anju. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender-equal world. Happy International Women’s Day!