Ashaba Faridah is a commercial pilot, CEO of Bambino Life Foundation, Director of STEM Queens Uganda and Chair of the Global Goodwill Ambassadors in Uganda.
Why did you get into STEM?
I have always been into practical stuff since my school days. I was never into theory, only the practical parts, so I would be the one to fix DVD players, decoder etc at home. I loved everything to do with technology and so becoming a pilot was being in my element because most of it is entirely practical.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
My greatest achievement was starting up Bambino Life Foundation, a foundation that promotes girl child education and empowerment among other things. For me the ultimate greatest achievement is knowing I can inspire young girls out there to believe in themselves and break the stereotypes, Another achievement is being part of the STEM Queens project, an initiative that encourages and supports young girls into joining and participating in the African STEM economy.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
The usual, like any woman in a male dominated workplace – of men undermining you. So you have to work twice as hard to prove yourself worthy of the job to get done. Also, the misconception that because you are a woman you are weak both physically and mentally. In the end you do your part the best you can and leave people to their opinions.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
To believe in themselves but above all to never forget who they are and where they come from. Once you know this, your path will be clear on where you want to go or in being whoever you want to be. It goes without saying that without God we are absolutely nothing, so put him first and everything will come by easily.
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