Celebrating womanhood is about commemorating women achievers, the innate power of women, and talking about equality- as well as, creating awareness to the splendid realm they preserve. I had read about a young woman in
We all know Benazir Bhutto, the former Prime Minister of
Too often, a woman’s natural and earned talent may enable her to sustain communities and manage the earth’s biodiversity and natural resources. In approximately, 1995,
How can a woman be successful or encounter satisfactory results in her life?
“Success is a big word. Do you mean success on the family level, work level or social level? Nevertheless, there are common grounds to the fundamentals of success in anything in life. First, one should be honest with oneself, and this word carries a lot of weight. One should organize time effectively, as the time spent for family does not affect work, for instance. And, the most essential thing is that one does something intrinsically convinced of, and satisfied with.
We must have good interpersonal relationships with each other- like helping others and having the ability to give, which as a result bestows on a person peace and serenity that is important for success of any human being. One has to be conscientious and truthful in everything done, – even in self-care like sleeping. Also, one has to hold oneself accountable for everything done or said. A person must also respect oneself, because that self-respect reflects on others and forces mutual admiration.
On the professional level, my experience says that there must be a strategic vision and projected objectives. A large proportion of the success of any organization is in injecting a dose of appreciation to teamwork. Occasionally, some people believe in the one-man show, which is wrong. I always believe that we all contribute to each other’s success. Human resources and their interaction with one another is all the essence of a healthy and conducive environment.
My success has always been by leaning on a strong and diligent workforce to enable the completion of the work in-hand. Meanwhile, one of the themes that might affect any organization is the awareness’ and responsiveness’ of its workforce to the concept of globalization.
To conclude, success is a very general word because one may find utmost pleasure in succeeding as a mother, as well as a professional or a patriot who loves her country.”
Up till now, everybody in the ministry admires your accomplishments and speaks of your kind and fair treatment-how did you manage to make people like you so much?
“I must admit that I was lucky because I had a wonderful team that was bounded together by feelings of love and respect. The fountainhead of my leadership style was sharing; I used to tell them I am the one accountable to the president but you represent me on the highest level. Brainstorming sessions were conducted to build decisions together and create for them a feeling of belonging and confidence. They were glad of their work because what they did came from their heart, and so executed it better. One of the things I remember is that we used to move around a lot because environmental work is not a sedentary job; we used to go to factories, villages… and communicate frequently. There was momentum; there was motion, and there was enthusiasm. Moreover, there was a vision with targeted days and we divided responsibilities accordingly. Today, I admire what the minister is doing .He has a military background, a vision, and is making solid progress in the environmental field.”
What do you regard to be your best accomplishments?
“One of the dreams I always had for the environment was to declare the river
Building a strong workforce will always be my best accomplishment for
Environment is not an easy task to tackle; there is always the excitement and the challenge with dealing with something that could be everything to us: the air, the earth, technology and even the international relations. I remember when I first became minister and was visited by the Japanese minister, who was a lady at that time. I asked her a conventional question, “How long did it take your great country
It is very important to create environmental awareness among the various stakeholders. Moreover, if there is awareness it must be translated into prompt actions. You can see school boys in school today recycling and caring a lot about the greenery, but still we have a long way to be environmentally responsible. The private sector has a necessary role in the environment. For instance, to build a factory they have to be careful that it won’t be beside a hospital and that it has to have filters for discharge of waste. This is what we call an Environment Impact Assessment study that draws attention to whether we are complying with the stipulated law 4/1994.
There is also a very important issue which is the civic society; the state in
What are the projects that are yet to be addressed after you left the ministry?
“Many. The black smog and river
One of the projects that have to be continued is building a strong HR base. I call it a critical mass of young men and women, and young environmental leaders who can push
The concept of the environment has changed. In the early 1970’s, particularly 1972, we had one of the first international conferences on environment. The word that the conference understood was “environment or development.” In 1992, when we had the famous world summit in
What is CEDARE?
“CEDARE is an international organization that has a vision based on Environment for Development. What we are doing now is forging very strong partnerships with different entities that really care about the environment, such as the United Nations Environment program and the European Union. We are also forging partnerships with universities in different countries. Furthermore, we have priorities in CEDARE like water management and land management.”