In Somalia, not many girls finish high school as they get married early because many parts of society see them adding more value in their husbands’ homes.
However, there are girls who, by their luck and hard work, defy these social traps. Firdawza Hussein, from Garowe is one of them.
Inspired by her mother, who taught her that through education and hard work Firdawza could decide on her own future. Firdawza took the advice, worked hard, and realized her dream of becoming a finance expert.
“Right from my childhood, my mom taught me that education and hard work, are key to success. This is the biggest secret I have learnt in life,” she says.
As a finance officer, Firdawza continues to inspire other women by example. Being educated working woman, she contributes to women development agendas in her own communities.
‘’I contribute to local women group discussions on promoting equal educational opportunities for boys and girls. I voluntarily counsel women, mainly those who dropped out of school, and I always tell them, they can still acquire life skills and change their lives,” Firdawza says.
Now Firdawza works for EUCAP Somalia, and remembering challenges faced by many women drive her persistently to play a worthwhile role in women development agendas in her communities.