WHO I AM
Well I’ve been asking myself this a lot lately……who am I? I am a work in progress. I’m a family person, any spare time I have I like being around family. I live with Tabitha my six year old daughter who is wonderfully funny and super smart. We have a dog called Girly, a cat called puss and two chickens that give us fresh eggs every day (we had more chickens last year but we ate them) and baboons that visit on a very regular basis.
I used to like taking risks, living on the edge a little, now I’m over 40 I like feeling safe, less risks, I’m attracted to doing things that nurture me and feel comfortable and I especially love cooking and exploring good food in Kenya.
I’m highly motivated and a workaholic (although I’m trying to put boundaries in place and work on this) and when I have down time I love browsing the second hand bookshops for treasures to add to my library.
I’m definitely conflicted……..My dream is to one day live off the land and off the grid…..but….I love the city, museums, the hustle and bustle of big cities and of course a good smooth coffee in a take away cup…..is that crazy?
WHAT DO I DO
I work as part of a very amazing team of women who are just as passionate and motivated as I am. (just a little less crazy than me). I am the Global Director and work in Nairobi Kenya in the global office where I get to meet, liaise with, inform and influence new and interesting people from all over the world. It’s not a sexy job but it is exciting. I work long hours to ensure that ICW is reaching far and wide and that our team are connecting what’s happening on the ground for women actually translates into influence and global advocacy for policies and guidelines that make our lives better.
I manage, support, mobilize, and strategize with a team of hardworking, highly knowledgeable and skilled women, who every day challenge what I think and perceive and push me to do better, to do more and to think outside the box………..I represent women living with HIV from all over the world.
WHY IS ICW IMPORTANT
our stories, our experiences, our challenges, our successes keep it real. ICW takes our voices, our concerns our feedback to global platforms that,if ICW does not do that there will be no voice for women living with HIV at the table.
I remember 20 years ago getting a newsletter in the mail from ICW….i felt deeply connected to something bigger, I no longer felt alone, I knew that what I was facing so were women all over the world, reading your stories and sharing your successes gave me hope and a space to tell other women what I was thinking and feeling.
I believe this is still true today and ICW is a place of belonging and sisterhood, I know I still need this and feel good knowing ICW is a safe place for me to just be myself.