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“Anything Worth Doing is Worth Doing Well” – Miriam

Miriam Beatrice Wanjiru

Since the start of the year, we have engaged our team members, who work tirelessly to support our work in seven African countries and beyond. Through the #FacesofPIN campaign, we highlight what they do for the organisation, their inspiration, and lessons, among others. 

In this edition, we spoke to our East African Programs Officer, Miriam Beatrice Wanjiru, and this is what she had to say: 

What do you do for the organisation?

I serve as the East African Programs Officer at Paradigm Initiative, overseeing the coordination and implementation of projects that promote digital rights and foster digital inclusion across the region.

What is your inspiration, or what inspires you in life?

For the past five years, I have lived by the principle: ‘Anything Worth Doing is Worth Doing Well.’ Life, to me, is not a fleeting candle; it is a magnificent torch that I aim to burn brightly every day. I live life loudly, boldly, and proudly! 

What do you love about your job?

Being part of the PIN team is refreshing, especially as a Gen Z. I appreciate the freedom of thought, where my suggestions are not only welcomed but adopted. Unlike other organisations, where only a few people have a voice, PIN stands out by ensuring that every voice, regardless of hierarchy, holds significance. I appreciate this deliberate move by the management that fosters an open, youthful, and inclusive work environment.

What do you love about PIN?

There are numerous reasons why I love PIN, but two aspects stand out. First,  I love that PIN exists to serve something bigger than itself. As an organisation, we are on a mission to promote a digitally inclusive and rights-respecting world. This is a big goal, bigger than all of us. The fact that I get to be part of this big vision is both humbling and empowering. Secondly, PIN has very progressive policies such as accommodating lactating mothers through the child travel policy, providing decent paternity and maternity leaves, offering training allowances for all staff, and acknowledging the unspoken realities of period cramps by granting a day off monthly for female staff. It is such things that contribute to a healthy working environment.

What are some of the lessons you have learned over the years? (This could be regarding work or life)

  1. As a wo/man thinketh, so is he/she. 
  2. It can be difficult to speak truth to power. Circumstances, however, have made doing so increasingly necessary.
  3. Finished is better than perfect (This I am still learning)

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I Love travelling, sampling perfumes, and listening to music!


2 Responses

  1. 1st, Good job 👏🏾👏🏾.

    Although, the saying/ bible qoute says, “As a man thinketh, so is He”…. it’s basically a saying, the term “Man” is used as reference to both male and female.

    Did you have to rewrite it to wo/man and s/he , so just to insist on equality, really ?. Even just sayings will have to get edited ?.

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