As part of our International Women's Day series, we chat with Juliette Lampoh, Country Director of UP Ghana, about her career, her passions and being a role model for other women.
Can you start by introducing yourself, and saying what you love most about your job?
I have been the Country Director of UP Ghana for the last five years. What I like most about my job is the opportunity it gives me to be a part of a positive transformation in people’s lives.
Is there anyone who particularly inspires you?
I would say it's more “what” inspires me, not “who”. I am inspired by challenge and the need to succeed. That said, I do admire and am encouraged by women achievers – especially women who go against the odds to do “what is not expected of women”. One such women is Rev Dr Joyce Ayee, a Ghanaian woman and a pacesetter on many fronts – in public service, industry and in Christian ministry.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
For me, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on how far we have come as women, activists and as a community of practitioners, in the pursuit of women’s empowerment. Many challenges still lie ahead but it's inspiring when people of similar convictions come together to push for equity, women’s rights and inclusion.
How would you encourage young women in Ghana to aspire to leadership positions in the international development sector?
I try to be a role model for young women who aspire to leadership positions, particularly in international development. Working in development can be difficult and demanding, and the results can be slow in coming. However, when it is done right, the results are long-lasting and can impact wider society and future generations. There are few things more fulfilling than being a driver of such change in humanity. I want to encourage young women to believe in themselves, to know that there is support out there, and to make their leadership dreams become reality.