Being a woman and serving in security
My name is Scovia Anyango and I have been working as a security personal for the last past 5 years, I was compelled to join the security forces because my parents did not have enough money to keep me in school and continue with my education and I also did not want to stay home and do nothing. I could not find employment, I searched for a job for over 3 years. It was challenging.
My friends who already worked with the security organ advised me to join the field. I applied and I was offered the position. The job is very challenging and risky especially if you have to work in the night, where you have to keep awake the whole night. One thing I like about the job is that both women and men have the same opportunities in terms of pay depending on our ranks, deployment, time of work and promotions. It has also enabled me to make some savings and provide for myself and my son with support from my husband.
The challenge is when a woman becomes pregnant, she has to work the same time, same deployment, same shifts and only women who have served for 3 years and above are entitled to maternity leave pay.
With this job I have been able to save money and am planning to go back to school and do a certificate in tailoring and design since it has always been my dream and am also planning to start my own tailoring workshop with my own brand and trade mark. At the beginning I will produce for the local market, then go beyond. With this I also intend to create employment, especially for the fellow girls/women in my community so that they make money, go to school and can get better jobs. This will make their life better. I think with the right support - education, connection, access to information and training - I can make my dream come true.