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Women Inspire: Onika Harris

This post is the fifth in a series of interviews from women and girls at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) in Georgetown, Guyana.

I’m here in Georgetown, Guyana to conduct interviews with inspiring women and girls and to listen to their stories. Last week, I met Onika Harris (second from the left), 29, on a beautiful, sunny day when she was walking with her fellow nursing students across the GPHC compound. Full of laughter and joy, Onika and her friends could undoubtedly put a smile on anyone’s face.

What made you interested in becoming a nurse?

A: I have always wanted to be a nurse for as long as I can remember. I’m really passionate about helping people.

What is your favorite part about being a nurse?

A: I love getting an up close view of the organs that keep us alive. It’s fascinating.

Who inspires you and why?

A: Dr. House on TV! I love him because he always gets the job done, no matter how difficult the case may be.

Why is women’s health important to you?

A: Women are 50 percent responsible for our future! Our health matters.

What is the one thing you’re most proud of in your career or in life?

A: I’m proud that I have made it this far in my career without help from my parents – financially, emotionally, or physically.

What are some challenges you have faced?

A: Money is a major barrier. But I try not to stress over it. What does stress accomplish?

What advice would you give to young women and girls who want to make a difference?

A: Go after what you desire. Not what others want for you.

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Hi everyone! I recently earned my Master’s degree in International Development from The New School in New York City in May 2012. With a concentration in International Development and Global Health, I have worked behind the scenes as a Research Intern for the PBS documentary Half the Sky in addition to serving as the Research and Advocacy Intern for The Hunger Project. Globally, I have taught English to kindergartners in China, have researched clean water and HIV/AIDS in Kenya, and have gained first-hand experience understanding how migrants and refugees deal with public health issues in both Mexico and Thailand. I am especially interested in food security, nutrition and hunger and the role of women and girls in each of these issues. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my ever-so-fluffy Siberian Husky, eating delicious food, training for marathons and traveling. Follow me on Twitter @E_Epstein!


  1. Elisabeth Woodfield says

    I am loving these Women Inspire posts about the women you have met in Guyana. So inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

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