#MGSVirtual 28–29 October 2020

Anicha Abdul, Managing Director, EP Management Consultancy Interview

Anicha Abdul, Managing Director, EP Management Consultancy

• What more can be done to promote opportunities available for women in the work place?
Leadership trainings should be implemented more and corporates should have mentorship programs to enable that women attain certain skills, break barriers to enable them to reach out to opportunities.

• What piece of advice would you give to other women starting their career?
Be the hardest working person you know. Always keep an eye out for new opportunities/projects/promotions in your company, and raise your hand. Be humble enough to accept what you don’t know and yet strong enough to adapt to what needs to get you going. Personal growth should be intentional and be around successful people.

• Who was your idol growing up?
My mother was my hero as a young adult, and when I was building my career, my father’s work ethic taught me to keep going no matter what, while my mother’s humbleness taught me to remain grounded and know where I came from.

Talumba Katawala Interview

Talumba Katawala

• What more can be done to promote opportunities available for women in the work place?
To tackle gender biased employment would be like filling a hallow bucket with sand. There’s way too many underlaying social and cultural issues that should be understood and changed/improved before we can discuss opportunities available for women in the work place.

• What piece of advice would you give to women starting their career?
• Take all the no’s you can now, to prepare you for the future! Read everything and write everything down.

• Who was your idol growing up?
When I started my career in the industry in 2007 we had H.E. Esperanca Bias as the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, and I had many run-ins with her in meetings and public forums, such the Gas Summit, and throughout these years it’s always been a goal of mine to get a few words in with her to let her know where I am , and what obstacles and triumphs I’ve been having and I always get encouraging words from her. So I suppose she’s someone I seek approval from, and therefore idolize.

Tania Munhequete, Executive VP, Engineering & Development, ENH Interview

Tania Munhequete, Member of the Board, Engineering & Project Development, ENH

• What more can be done to promote opportunities available for women in the work place?
In my opinion, it is promoting respect for the particular characteristics of women, in order to allow them to build their careers with confidence, in a healthy and pleasant work environment. With that, I would like to mention and pay particular tribute to young women who have the challenge of raising their families in this still very sexist society and at the same time, need to ensure that their voices are strong enough to be heard in increasingly competitive work environments.

• What piece of advice would you give to women starting their career?
I advise young women that they must prove themselves to men and the rest of society, with a lot of hard work and above all a lot of competence. This is the only way to demonstrate that in the professional area there are no differences between genders.

• Who was your idol growing up?
I grew up with more than one strong and courageous woman in my family as my idols, who represented very well the typical African women having to face a highly prejudiced environment and the limitations caused by poverty in order to raise their children so that they would become useful to society. These heroines guide and illuminate my steps to this day.

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