LMG Mentoring Network: October Mentee of the Month

Sarah McKee

Project Associate

Europe Maalim, the LMG Project's East African Women's Mentoring Network October Mentee of the Month.

Europe Maalim, a Technical Officer for Trocaire Somalia, is the October Mentee of the Month from the LMG Project's East African Women's Mentoring Network.

Why did you want to be a mentee?

I realized it was paramount to have someone mentor me and learn under a role model, someone who will help me build my confidence, advise and offer me career guidance especially being in a career that involves women, and thus help me achieve my goals and objectives in life, i.e. both professional and personal development.

What are your career goals?

Right now I am working with an international organization where I want to continue acquiring the necessary skills and expertise on my area of interest, this includes: maternal, newborn, and child health, reproductive health (RH), and gender-based violence (GBV). I also want to develop skills in leadership and management, advocacy, and conflict resolution. I want to become a champion and a change agent for maternal, newborn, and child health, RH, and GBV among women and children in my community.

How do you want to improve FP/RH in your community?

Working in a community where family planning (FP) uptake among women is almost zero percent, I want to become an advocate and educator of RH/FP. I want to interact with women and inform them of the importance of taking charge of their RH/FP needs, empower them to make informed choices regarding FP and RH. There are challenges due to religious and cultural beliefs, but that is where involving the whole community, religious leaders, and elders comes in, engaging all these people will help change things around.

What is your advice to fellow young women entering the workforce in Africa?

  • Don’t confine yourself in your comfort zone, shake up your life, take risks and take the road less traveled.
  • Take one step at a time, don’t look for quick fixes.
  • Be persistent as it is the mother of personal change. All lasting inner change requires time and effort.