As a woman in politics, a doctor and a mother, every day for me represent an exciting challenge; not only because I work part-time 25 hours per week, but also because I simultaneously provide care for my son and attain further medical education in the best interest of my patients.
A common trait shared by many recognized women leaders is the determination to overcome the challenges of rising through the ranks of a conservative field such as politics or science — as well as the vision needed to achieve their goals and speak up their truth.
This is the story of Dr. Mireille Ngosso, an inspiring woman who has decided to make a difference in the world by taking action both in the medical and political field.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Ngosso moved to Austria with her parents when she was 4 years old. Since then she has earned medical degrees from the Kingston University in London and the University of Vienna. After receiving her doctorate, Dr. Ngosso decided also to take an active role in politics and since then she has performed, among other positions, as Deputy Chairwoman of the SPÖ Innere Stadt in Austria.
Bih: Thank you for participating in this interview Mireille. We have been looking forward to having this interview. We would like to learn more about your profession, could you please explain what tasks you fulfill in your position as District Representative of the Innere Stadt?
Mireille: Since the 20th of June, I have performed as District Representative and that, of course, entails a lot of politics and policies concerning the district. It is important for me to keep in constant contact with the residents to acquire more ideas on their concerns. The political aspect of my job entails making sure that the 1st district remains a residential district so that more people can afford living here.
B: You also carry a doctor title. Would you say that your work as a medical specialist is able to support your work as a district representative and vice versa?
M: I believe being a doctor has a positive effect on my political work. In my earlier years, I developed management-skills and how to work in stressful situations. These qualities turned out to be very helpful. Especially with a full-time job, family and a political commitment, one needs structure. Being a doctor I can witness where our health system needs improvement on a daily basis. I also bring my knowledge of this area into politics, for example at various discussion events or for health policies in the district.
B: As we can see, your origin did not prevent you from reaching your current position(s). Did you encounter conflicts to reach your position?