Janine Rodriguez of the Victim Support: “A good leader respects herself, respect others and takes responsibility” 

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Day by day she dedicates her all in her job that she herself assures is not an easy one, but she loves it with all her heart. This special edition is being dedicated to powerful women in our community and one of them is Janine Rodriguez.

Rodriguez mentioned that this year she will be celebrating 30 years in the service of the government of Aruba and 12 years working for the Victims Support of the Police Force. Rodriguez is the one that has to deal everyday with the most severe cases happening on the island. She gives utmost support to all the family members who were involved in different incidents and offers assistance at any time of the day.

How do you balance work and life responsibilities?

“Always make sure to have your work in order. Do not let things for tomorrow, especially if your work is difficult and demanding. Always lend a helping hand  when needed and do it with love.”

Do women in your profession have a hard time getting promoted?

No, just do your work as it should be and correct.

As a female leader, what has been the most significant barrier in your career?

Nothing. Always stand for what you do.

Who inspired you and why?

My parents, they always told me and my sister to study as much as we can so we don’t need to struggle. You never know where life will take you and always respect each and everyone.  .

What advice would you give to the next generation of female leaders?

A good leader always respects herself, respects others and takes responsibility for all her actions and always stands for what you are and for what you believe in.

Do you experience resistance when you are leading men?

You will find yourself with resistance “you are a woman, what do you know”, explain who you are and why you are there for them and together you will be able to succeed..

What is some of the advice you share with young women entering a male-dominated profession?

Be yourself. Do your work with respect. Men nowadays are aware that women are able to perform just as good as they do.

Where will we find you on a Saturday morning at 10 a.m.? 

At work or with my family.