International Women’s Day (Appreciation of Women Championing Health and Tech Companies in Rwanda)

It’s International Women’s Day, this day is celebrated every year on March 8th and this year’s theme is #Pressforprogress. As more women globally are speaking out against injustices, we need to leverage this momentum to continue to fight for gender parity. This is a work in progress that we need to sustain by working together, speaking out, and not giving up. Women are amazing and wonderful and on this very special day Kasha is celebrating women from all walks of life. As a woman please know that you are worthy, strong, intelligent, and beautiful.  

 

To start this day off we are showcasing two women Influencers making an impact pressing for progress at it’s core in Rwanda,in the health and personal care digital platform.

 

In order to be strong we need to surround ourselves with strong support groups- our mothers, sisters and friends who have become family, their love and wisdom will keep you steady” Ms.Dianne Dusaidi

Ms. Dianne Dusaidi is the Country Director of Kasha Rwanda. Dianne received her undergraduate BA degree in Public Administration and Governance from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada in 2007. In 2011 she went on to receive a NUFFIC Scholarship which allowed her to pursue her master’s degree in the Netherlands-an MBA specializing in International Business from Maastricht School of Management in Netherlands. Dianne has also worked with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Investment and Trade departments respectively which contributed to her insights on the business world and need for investing in Africa. Dianne has also personally invested in various fields of business in Rwanda namely in Media and Financial Technology.

 

Ms.Dianne in her own words speaking about her journey and a word inspiration to young Girls:

1.Can you tell us about your professional journey?

I have always been intrigued by business. My professional journey started at RDB where I worked for the Investment Promotion department for a number of years as a Senior Investment Officer. My time at RDB sparked the entrepreneurship fire. I moved into the world of business by investing in the media and financial technology sector. I recently joined Kasha because I wanted to learn more about the Health sector and be apart of a groundbreaking company thats championing access to women’s health care products across all socioeconomic levels in the country. All women matter and all women should have access to choice, quality products and at an affordable product despite their backgrounds. Kasha levels the playing field so that all women are given the same opportunities to choose.

2.What is your source of motivation?

My parents motivate me. They were and are both hard working people, passionate about developing their country, community and family. They worked/work very hard to provide better opportunities for their daughters  and most importantly they lead by example. I could not ask for better examples of lives well lived.

3.Personally, what do you think is the strength of a woman?

I believe the strength of a woman lies in women having what I like to call, “Quiet Power”. This is where throwing your weight around is not necessary but everyone knows who’s boss! Women are so multifaceted and are able to remain calm through it all. More “Quiet Power to them!” There’s also strength in numbers, in order to be strong we need to surround ourselves with strong support groups- our mothers, sisters and friends who have become family, their love and wisdom will keep you steady.

4.What advice would you give to young girls?

To young girls, If you believe, prayer is the only weapon you’ll ever need. No matter what challenges come (and they will! Brace yourselves) do not worry because God’s got it & most importantly he’s got you. The only way to honour Him, is to BECOME who he meant for you to become during your lifetime- no matter how difficult that may be. Also, always remember when you shine, to shine light on to others as light shared is love multiplied and we could all use some more love in this world.  

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“My advice to any young girl is be you and strive to be the best version of yourself or die trying to be. There is nothing more powerful than knowing who you truly are- and being comfortable with it” Dr.Shivon Byamukama

Dr Shivon Byamukama is the deputy CEO of Babyl Rwanda, a digital healthcare provider registered in Rwanda. Its objective is to put an accessible and affordable health service into the hands of everyone on earth. Previously Byamukama provided legal advisory services and implements good corporate governance practices for the Bank of Kigali. She is dedicated to helping educated and professional women learn how to manage their financial independence, and the success of her informal advising and mentorship of 100 women has attracted the attention of large corporations who want to partner with her.

 

 

 

 

In her own Word’s Dr.Shivon Speaking about what inspired her and her journey through her professional life.

1.Can you tell us about your professional journey?

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer from the age of 12 having watched some TV series back in the day called Inspector Derrick. The main character was a detective and I admired his ability to solve crime. I wanted to be that character, and I thought he was a lawyer. That’s how the ambition was born although based on mistaken facts. I was very fortunate to realize that dream. I went to Makerere University- Uganda where I did my law degree and later the bar course at the Law Development Center. Right after that, a friend showed me an advert for a PhD scholarship on Prosecution of Genocide in Rwanda using Gacaca Courts. I had done my LLB thesis on the subject and loved it. I felt it was God’s calling given I already knew so much about the subject. I applied and was successful. I worked a little bit at the International Criminal Court at the Hague before I returned home in 2009. My first job in Rwanda was as Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services at RwandAir- our national carrier. It was a great learning opportunity as I had never interacted with aviation law. It’s a whole new other world. I developed great passion for it and up to now I find myself reading a lot of aviation case law in my free time. In 2012, I moved to Bank of Kigali, Rwanda’s largest bank and worked there for five years. I moved to babyl Rwanda as Deputy CEO in August 2017. I loved what the company is trying to achieve here in Rwanda:- to put an accessible, convenient and affordable health care in the hands of everyone using mobile phones people already have is pretty cool. Soon this will be combined with Ai

2.What is your source of motivation?

I am motivated by the ability to solve a problem and directly contribute to the vision of the organization I am working for. I have realized that my high moments have always been those where I have worked with a team to resolve a problem or forge new ways of dealing with it, and my biggest frustrations have been where I am not in position to contribute in that way. What attracted me to my current organization babyl-Rwanda was the possibility of contributing to building a new way of accessing health care not only in Rwanda but globally. People in the developed and developing world will have access to the same quality of health care, regardless of whether they are in a remote village in Rwanda or a world city like New York.

3.Personally, what do you think is the strength of a woman?

Generally speaking, people are individuals influenced by their life experiences, ambitions, upbringing and so on. In Africa which I am more familiar with, and I suspect the rest of the world, women are the primary caretakers of a family. This takes a lot of energy and commitment whether they are working women or housewives. As a result, a woman learns conflict management, finance management, delegation of duties all which make her a great manager at a workplace whether or not she holds a managerial position.

The strength of a woman in my view is her ability to “hold her family together” no matter what- this makes her resilient, collaborative, cope with whatever comes her way, be fierce as she protects and puts her family before self.

4.What advice would you give to young girls?

There can never be another you. My advice to any young girl is be you and strive to be the best version of yourself or die trying to be. There is nothing more powerful than knowing who you truly are- and being comfortable with it. To be honest, this self-discovery journey can be very difficult. We are very complex beings. You might think you finally know yourself fully until you get tested at by unimaginable circumstances which may change your perspective on life. But I guess what I mean is, even then, let it be you organically adapting to the new reality, but in no way should you try to be someone else.

 

Happy International Women’s Day,

International Women’s Day is not country, group or organisation specific. The day belongs to all groups. So together, let’s all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let’s all Press for Progress.

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