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International Women's Day spotlight: Jackline Migaide

It’s a day when we come together to celebrate fellow women especially those who have done extraordinary things for the society; we celebrate the strength of a woman.

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It’s a day when we come together to celebrate fellow women especially those who have done extraordinary things for the society; we celebrate the strength of a woman.

As the world comes together this International Women’s Day to celebrate phenomenal women, we’d like to celebrate a woman in a career that is overlooked by most people.

Jackline’s story is of resilience. Her job search journey had her going all the way to Juba, South Sudan only to end up being homeless and sleeping in the streets for a month. Being the strong and hopeful person that she is, she picked herself up and got her career on track working as a waitress.

Fast forward to 2019, Jackline works a security guard and still hopes to go back college to complete her diploma in Information Technology. Here’s what she had to say.

What does International Women’s day mean to you?

It’s a day when we come together to celebrate fellow women especially those who have done extraordinary things for the society; we celebrate the strength of a woman. We also get to challenge and motivate other women to achieve their goals.

What motivated you to study IT? Are you still hoping to go back to school to clear your studies?

I wanted to learn how to be creative and solve technical problems. I also wanted to help make work easier for people. IT is a rapidly evolving field and companies need people with such skills. I’m still hoping to go back to school some day when I get the funds.

You’ve had a quite a varied career – tell us a bit about the different jobs you’ve done.

I worked as a waitress for almost 2 years then got a job as a receptionist. Currently I’m a security guard with one of the leading security companies in Kenya.

What challenges do you face in your current line of work as a security guard?

There are a few challenges. I encounter different types of people. There are some who have no respect because they undermine your job. Work- life balance is also another challenge especially because I have a family.

What motivates you to keep going?

I’m motivated by putting trust in God because I believe he has a good plan for me. If he has brought me this far, he’ll still do it. I’m also a single mother, I have to be strong to take care of my kid. I’m also motivated by other women when I see them make it. It gives me hope, I just have to put in the effort and be myself.

Having overcome quite a number of challenges, what advice would you give other women?

Women should not think that they are the weaker gender. They are equal to their counterparts and can do better things; they just need to be bold in whatever they do. Women should have positive minds so that they can inspire the world. There’s no road without bumps, you’ll eventually make it.

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Written by

Kelvin Mokaya


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