WOMEN should never allow anything or anyone to force them into self-hate or low esteem as this always hinders their chances to becoming powerful politicians needed in Zimbabwe today.
These were sentiments by a mentee of the Women Institute of Leadership Development (WILD), Visitor Ndebele who was recently appointed as a Member of Parliament.
Ndebele is one of the more than 45 women who have benefitted from the WILD Mentorship School.
Ndebele said the appointment was a dream come true for her and other women who for long had aspired to take up leadership positions.
She said the mentorship programme helped hone her confidence and communication skills which will be key in her activities as a legislator.
The programme is also reaching out to young women who in the past did not show much interest in leadership development projects as they submit that society is not very accommodating to young women who show interest in leadership.
Beneficiaries of the WILD mentorship school are not only drawn from urban areas but from rural areas as well where women are usually marginalized.
“I am happy and grateful for this opportunity I have been given to lead as a woman and its evidence that women can lead, we are capable and worthy. This has also taught me that we can reach any height as long as we do not allow anyone or anything to look down upon us,” said Ndebele.
“Self-hate emanating from the background, where we come from and our relationships often deters us from these leadership positions but we have to rise above it and conquer it. I believe Zimbabwe needs more female leaders who will bring the much needed change. I encourage every woman and girl to rise and be counted, we can do this,” said Ndebele.
In a recently published Government notice, Ndebele was appointed to be a legislator together with Florence Nyika.
“It is hereby notified in terms of section 39 of Electoral Act that Ndebele Visitor and Nyika Florence registered voters of Bulawayo Metropolitan province, who were nominated by the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance party to fill the vacancies in the National Assembly that occurred following the recall of Honourable Nomvula Mguni and Honourable Thokozani Khupe have been appointed as members of the National Assembly for Bulawayo Province by virtue of section 124 of the Constitution with the effect from the 27th May 2022. The appointment of these members of the National Assembly was published in the Government Gazette General Notice 1174 of 2022 dated 27 May 2022,” read the notice.