Making sparks along the way

14 July 2020 | Life Style

While Hilde Amushembe is a Senior Electrical Engineer at the Ministry of Works and Transport at the moment, this dynamic woman has plans to complete her PhD, developing a model for self-sustaining farms and growing medical plants in a bid to allow scientists and medical researchers to explore and develop our own medicines.

Here she talks about the highs and lows of her journey in a mostly male-dominated profession.

Q:What is your biggest source of inspiration?
A:I’m mostly inspired by my own dreams; they are so high up there that I have to keep climbing. I also draw inspiration from powerful women around the globe who impact lives. I hope to be listed among them one day.

Q:Why did you choose such a traditionally male-dominated profession?
A:I didn’t realise that it was such a male-dominated profession. I chose it because I was interested in knowing how electricity can be carried by wires on poles and end up giving light at the end. I came to realize that in my first year at varsity when we were only two girls in a class of about twenty students; but I was up for it.

Q:What struggles have you experienced along the way?
A:Being undermined is a constant struggle. You go to a meeting and even if you raise your hand to make a point, you will only be given a chance after all the men and all older women have spoken. You also have to bear with being referred to as “the young lady said” throughout the proceedings. I am also often overlooked when applying for a job. A fresh male graduate is more likely to be hired than a woman with years of experience in the engineering sector.

Q:Have your friends/family/spouse supported you in this career field?
A: LOL! My mother wanted me to become a teacher and didn’t understand why I was choosing a career that she has never witnessed personally. My dad thought I was inconsiderate for choosing an expensive course. I just followed my curiosity and now they can’t stop bragging about their “engineer daughter” and I am glad that I didn’t disappoint them.

Q:Do you get much support/opposition from male colleagues in this profession?
A:My support comes mostly from peers, and opposition comes from superiors.

Q:What are some of the highlights of your career?
A:On my first international trip I went to China in 2011 to attend a 3-week seminar on renewable energy and environmental health. This was where I first saw a biogas plant and could not believe how electricity was being generated from pig’s dung and vegetable remains.

Getting selected to attend the Mandela Washington Fellowship in the US in 2017 was a momentous occasion, as well as being the first and only Namibian to be chosen for Public Management on Energy Policy at the University of California, Davis.
Another highlight was when I was selected as one of two Namibian women to attend the Women in African Power (WiAP) training at the University of South Africa in 2019, an initiative of Power Africa US.

Similar News

 

Preparing for Black Friday

1 week ago - 20 November 2020 | Life Style

Julienne van RooyenWINDHOEKBlack Friday is around the corner and before the madness starts to take over, the time is now to get one step ahead...

Life on safari

2 months ago - 02 October 2020 | Life Style

Gerine Hoff As a professional hunter, Jofie is well-known in local trophy hunting and conservation circles. He is the concessionaire of a hunting enterprise...

Get to know your 2020 Miss High School contestants

3 months ago - 25 August 2020 | Life Style

Nasheeta Maletzky1. What is your pet peeve?People who chew with their mouths open.2. Memes or GIFS? Memes3. What is...

Making sparks along the way

4 months ago - 14 July 2020 | Life Style

Here she talks about the highs and lows of her journey in a mostly male-dominated profession.Q:What is your biggest source of inspiration?A:I’m mostly inspired by...

How to Winter-Proof your garden

4 months ago - 14 July 2020 | Life Style

Q:What can I do to protect the plants in my garden during winter months?A:Start by preparing in advance to ensure that your plants have a...

Building a dollhouse from shoeboxes

4 months ago - 14 July 2020 | Life Style

The building plan:There are a plethora of ideas, information and videos readily available on the internet for this DIY project. You could try simplekidscrafts.com or...

Build an outdoor music wall with recycled material

4 months ago - 14 July 2020 | Life Style

Before you get started:-To find inspiration for your wall, use the internet to browse videos on YouTube which should help you take the first steps...

Avoid being ripped off

4 months ago - 14 July 2020 | Life Style

Shortly after the repairs have been carried out, the bill arrives and reality hits you. Would it have been cheaper to buy a new house...

Make your life easier like this

4 months ago - 14 July 2020 | Life Style

Use toothpaste to restore your vehicle’s headlights:Before you begin, make sure the fogginess is on the outside of the headlamps – if it’s on the...

From her kitchen to you

1 year - 18 October 2019 | Life Style

Justicia Shipena Shiwomeho Kalla is a highly ambitious young woman.She is resolute in her resolve to build, transform and inspire. In August...

Latest News

Plan for ocean economy by...

10 hours ago | Economics

Jo-Maré Duddy - Namibia is willing to be part of the first group of countries to develop sustainable ocean plans by 2025.Speaking the launch of...

MTC warns against scams

11 hours ago | Business

Staff reporter - There is a raise in a variety of scams relating to MTC competitions and products and the company has warned its more...

ANIREP records loss in first...

22 hours ago | Business

Alpha Namibia Industries Renewable Power (ANIREP) suffered a loss of N$2.5 million in the six months ended 31 August 2020 compared to a profit of...

Amupanda sets tone for Windhoek

22 hours ago | Politics

JEMIMA BEUKES WINDHOEKJob Amupanda acted the part of ‘incoming’ Windhoek mayor for a year, and saw his dream come to fruition yesterday...

Civil society wins CSE fight...

22 hours ago | Education

TUYEIMO HAIDULA OSHAKATI International relations minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has made a U-turn on her decision to discontinue comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) programmes...

Second Harambee Prosperity Plan to...

22 hours ago | Economics

The second phase of the Harambee prosperity plan (HPP) will be launched in February next year, President Hage Geingob has said.Geingob while addressing the last...

Turkish Airlines commences cargo route...

22 hours ago | Business

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUThe renowned Turkish Airlines have expanded its footprint in Africa and has commenced with a scheduled cargo operation once a week between Istanbul, Johannesburg...

Give Caesar what belongs to...

22 hours ago | Opinion

Too many superficial efforts to create gender equality have gobbled up time needed to address actual fundamental and structural challenges that stand in the way...

Air Namibia gets last chance...

22 hours ago | Transport

OGONE TLHAGE WINDHOEKLiquidated Belgian firm Challenge Air has given Air Namibia until 28 January...

Load More