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Woman engineer paves the way for groundwater access in Zambia

If somebody underestimates me, I make sure they see me succeeding instead.

Beatrice Kanyamuna-Pole, engineer and senior hydrogeologist

Taking on a male-dominated field, she is well aware of the challenges women face. “Women are still woefully underrepresented in the higher ranks of the workplace and among the policymakers and decision-makers who develop and implement our laws. It means that women’s perspectives and needs are not given the same consideration as men’s.”

Through her actions, Beatrice is inspiring others to follow suit. “Women have been encouraged by my active role in the area of engineering. I have inspired a lot of women to participate in any role that men do, including political leadership where women still face resistance.”

Her guiding motto? “It always seems impossible until it’s done. You can do it.” We couldn’t agree more.

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