Name: Blessing Mutiti
Facebook: @ Africanmythbuster
What is the essence of being a woman to you?
Knowing my worth before anyone else defines it for me and setting goals endlessly
What is your super power?
Resilience, knowing my worth and exercising a strong sense of self-esteem.
What words would you use to describe yourself?
Goal oriented, Leader, resilient, ambitious and passionate
Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?
No, womanhood should be recognised every day and one month put aside is kind of limiting in itself. I wish for a world where being a woman is not perceived as a need for special tolerance but equally significant as the other genders.
They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?
Women have supported men who have consolidated their positions in leadership because naturally women are incubators, they are resilient, they nurture and they motivate. Without women, there will be chaos and men will not be the leaders they are.
How do you think society perceives women?
In a very subjective way, very demeaning mostly. Unfortunately even so for the president of the most powerful country in the world, USA.
How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?
Setting goals consistently and faithfully following through. Not allowing anybody to dictate my pace, my worth and believing every day that I can do more; the sky is not the limit.
What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?
There has never been a better time for women to be involved at every level they want to be; whether in academics, politics or economics. They are gifted because they can do this from bottom up starting with the family level.
In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?
I am an environmentalist, activist and a sound academic. I will be counted among men with PHD’s in the science field. And I am working on passing on the legacy by supporting young girls to consolidate their interest in science and environmentalism.
Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?
Do not be hasty, take time and develop your skills. You are set apart because you are unique and do not conform, dare to be different.