【Ep3】Careers in Development & Humanitarianism - A Female Perspective with Ezinwa Chinyere
Updated: Jun 24, 2021
The RE: Project has partnered with the WIAN | The Women in International Affairs Network to create a podcast interview series about the career experience of remarkable women from the international development and humanitarian sector. They will be sharing their experience about the obstacles they faced, how they overcame them, and advice for other women embarking on a similar path.
Recent events in the US and around the world, such as the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements, have shed a light on a number issues concerning race, prejudice, gender and social inclusion. To talk about these issues, we sat down with with Chinyere Sussan Ezinwa. Chinyere is the coordinator of Girls in Parliament (Anambra State, Nigeria), a public speaker, passionate volunteer, Girl-child advocate and social entrepreneur. She has been working to empower young girls on building a healthy self esteem and preparing them to become "job creators, rather than jobseekers." She has a keen interest in humanitarianism, gender and social change, and has worked as Project Manager at Whispering Hope Africa Initiative and as a volunteer for the Youngstar Foundation. When we asked her about her personal experience with gender discrimination, she discussed prevailing gender norms in Nigeria, saying "communities do not value for education for girls". The girls she works with are often without access to education, and some are forced into early marriages and motherhood. Even as a student herself in University, she said as a woman you are "not supposed be the top of your class". However, she said things are improving slowly. For example, the development sector has made headway on gender equality both within programmes and within their own organisations. She also says that many prevailing issues in the sector, such as "white saviourism", have been on the decline. Her experience with Western NGOs is that they treat local organisations as equal partners, including her own. Still, she says there is a lot of work to be done both in Nigeria and the sector more broadly. When asked what advice she would give women in the sector, particularly during COVID-19, she said "social media and online courses" can help break down entry-level barriers. She also stressed the importance of technology for women's education and re-skilling, stating that online courses taught her things "she never learned in university". For example, how to code or design a website. She said that YouTube, Coursera, and EdEx were her go-to platforms. Furthermore, new technologies can change the lives of young girls she works with by expanding the access and quality of education.
Thank you Ezinwa for sharing these insights! If you have any questions for Ezinwa, feel free to leave a comment.
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Through this podcast series, we want to highlight the experiences of women from a variety of ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and how their careers could be better supported.
Women working in HR, diversity and inclusion roles or international programs who wish to be involved will be interviewed about gender and race-related issues. They'll also be asked about the obstacles they faced, how they overcame them and advice for women embarking on their careers.
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