In service of our social experiment on women’s leadership and how it is perceived by both men and women, we decided to have some rehearsals on conducting short interviews.
The idea is to ask two sets of questions to men and women, and see how we are perceived as leaders, and the stories we tell ourselves about female leadership. Before going out in the field, we’ve devised some practice sessions and conversations around the topic.
On Saturday August 8th, 2020, we ended up at the deep end with a big question on identity: how do we see ourselves, how do we see other women, and what tools are at our disposal to carve out a national identity in Sierra Leone?
The aha! moments were so magical that we decided not to keep it to ourselves. Even though we’re recording in a noisy area, and just for playback internally, we have taken excerpts of the conversation to post on our Instagram page (see link below). If we don’t let go of our small identities (tribe, political affiliation, region) we will be complicit in keeping ourselves and our country in the dark. As women we will take in the larger identity of female. #mytribeisfemale