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In this exclusive interview with the Amazons Watch magazine, the Spouse of the President of Armenia discussed the gender gaps and challenges of women in Armenia and some of the efforts of the government in tackling them. Excerpt: Your Excellency, thank you for granting us this opportunity to interact with you. In describing your childhood, you have been quoted to have said that you don’t have a rich family background, but had enough money to feed and clothe yourselves. Kindly tell us more about your background and some of your experiences growing up in Soviet Armenia. I was born into an intellectual family in the Republic of Armenia, USSR. My father was a writer and journalist. My mother was a teacher of Armenian language and literature. I went to a school where the English language was taught parallel to Armenian and Russian. We were staging Bernard Shaw’s and Shaespear’s plays…

Dr. Hannatu Adamu Fika, Executive Secretary/CEO, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board is a source of inspiration to women and young girls in Nigeria, especially, the North Eastern part where she comes from. In this exclusive interview with the Amazons Watch magazine, Dr. Fika shared some of her efforts in impacting the lives of public servants and women in Nigeria. Excerpt: Media reports, findings and research are inundated with various issues that confront the holistic development and empowerment of the girl-child in rural and urban areas of the country. Kindly share with us some of your experiences growing up as a girl in Borno State. Thank you very much. Fifty seven years ago, I was a girl-child. I had an advantage in that the part of Borno that I come from is Southern Borno. If we take 100% for instance, 55% of the people in Southern Borno State are Christians.…

Dr. Ijeoma E. Jidenma, CEO, Leading Edge Consulting, in an exclusive interview with the Amazons Watch magazine, talks about her career as a management consultant. Excerpt: Kindly tell us more about yourself and some of your experiences growing up. I was born in Port Harcourt to parents who were teachers. My father Chief (Dr) F .C Ogbalu was a consummate Lecturer and my mum a devoted secondary school teacher. My father was selfless to the core. He was very diligent and always strived for the common good. His life’s philosophy which he practicalized is “Others first, self-last”. This showed in everything he did whether as a Teacher, Publisher, Parliamentarian or a Cultural Defender of note. His life was a life of service. My mother was a very simple and humble woman. Born into the family of Rev and Mrs. Joel Chidebelu (of blessed memory) my mum, Lady Evelyn Amuchechukwu Ogbalu…

Often times, women are relegated to procreative and domestic accomplishments. In a system where women are empowered, they are fully involved in all areas and sectors, building solid economies and generally improving the quality of life. In this exclusive interview with Amazons Watch Magazine, Veronicah Gladys Namagembe, Managing Director and CEO Pride Microfinance Limited (MDI), speaks on some of the strategies her organization has put in place to empower the female gender. Among your career goals is the passion to give back by coordinating mentoring and coaching programs towards continuity and succession planning. How will you rate the success of these programs? One of the Key Performance Indicators for our mentorship and coaching programmes is the number of mentees and coaches that are growing through the ranks, both in their social and career lives. I am proud to see 4 CEOs and 21 Senior Managers in the Ugandan Financial Institutions…

Orphaned at an early age, Hadiyah-Nicole Green was raised by her aunt and uncle in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2003, she earned her bachelor’s degree in physics at Alabama A&M University. Upon her graduation from college, Hadiyah’s aunt, who had raised her from age 4, informed her that she was suffering a kind of cancer, which she referred to as “Women’s Cancer”, never really specifying the type. She subsequently refused to go through cancer treatment, and Hadiyah as her caregiver, witnessed firsthand the life altering effects of cancer and how it destroys the human body. Three months after that, Hadiyah’s uncle was also diagnosed of cancer, and though he went through the treatments, she also got to see the awful side effects of cancer treatments. Hadiyah’s uncle lived on for ten more years, but having seen both sides of the coin, she figured there had to be a better way…

It has been observed that for women in academia, the timing of tenure decisions often coincides with the optimal childbearing years, and as such requiring women to resolve individually the conflicts between biological and career clocks. A study by economists Donna K. Ginther and Shulamit Kahn found that women are less likely than men to pursue tenure-track positions in science but that the gender gap in such positions can be explained by fertility decisions. That is, women in science are less likely to move up the academic job ladder after their early post-doctorate years if they have children. For men, by contrast, both marriage and children increase the likelihood of advancing in an academic science career. Bearing this in mind, it is only proper to applaud the courage of the many women around the world who have towed this academic line and made waves in their chosen career. Helena Maria…

For so many people, the thought of moving from one house to the other spells a lot of stress, and for those who come into town for a short while the endless stories of bad experiences faced searching for a good apartment are always heard. This prompted Argentina’s Valeria Pasmanter to fill in the gap, serving as an intermediary between landlords and foreigners looking to rent rooms. Though with many challenges, she has been able to pull through the turbulence and provide comfort to a good number of people. Here is her story: