Salome Phiri is bringing women out of their shadows through her initiative – African Woman Redefined

Salome Phiri’s story will leave you in tears. This Zambian beauty is a chartered accountant by profession and the founder of African Woman Redefined (AWR).

African Woman Redefined is a platform that celebrates, inspires and motivates young African women on their journey to pursuing their dreams and becoming better versions of themselves.

Salome Photo shares what inspired her to start such platform, “Growing up, I was a very timid and quiet child who lacked the confidence to speak up and stand out. This behaviour spilled over into my adult life and for many years I struggled with insecurity and low self-esteem. My turning point came at a time when I had experienced setbacks in my personal and professional life that left me so emotionally drained that I could no longer recognize myself.

As a way to transcend the pain from these experiences, I resolved to search deep within myself and find out who I was at the core of my being and what I really wanted out of life. It was like I had finally woken up to myself. I became more confident and self-aware, and suddenly my life became more colourful, hopeful and meaningful.

As I began to walk in my light, however, I noticed that many of my peers were still in the shadows – lacking a sense of identity and living unfulfilled lives. We live in a society that is predominately patriarchal and deems a woman successful if she has an education, a job, a husband, and children.

This mindset has resulted in many young women making decisions that conform to societal expectations, some of which are to the detriment of their psychological and emotional wellbeing. I found this disheartening, and so my personal mission became not only to change the way society viewed its women but also to change the way women viewed themselves –as extraordinary beings that have great potential and purpose, hence the birth of African Woman Redefined.”

Today, she has been a source of inspiration for so many women and we’re absolutely proud of all she’s achieved.

Culled from The Diaspora Baby

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