International Women's Day 2020 - Meet Selma
Selma Guso was eight years old when she stepped on a landmine in Bosnia and Herzegovina during a family walk. As a result, her leg had to be partially amputated. Now Selma raises awareness of landmines all over the world, and we are delighted that on International Women's Day, she has agreed to tell us a little more about what inspires her.
What moment are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of the moment when I realised that my disability is my advantage. I needed years to become the person I am now. The person who is perfect in her own imperfection. Unique and similar to no one. When you accept what you can not change and be satisfied with what you have then you need nothing more.
If you could have dinner with one woman in the world, who would it be?
If I could have dinner with one woman in the world it would be Oprah Winfrey. For me she is the example of a strong person who, despite the obstacles, has become the person she is today. She did not let a difficult life, poverty, and environment define and prevent her from becoming a hard-working woman and an example of a person who, despite her success, does not forget those who need help. That's the size of a person. I think that dinner would be filled with many emotions.
"I realised that my disability is my advantage...Unique and similar to no one."
What inspires you in your global campaigning?
What inspires me is my influence on others, especially children who have certain difficulties and who have trouble accepting themselves. When girls dare to take a prosthesis at the pool or speak publicly about their difficulties watching me doing it, it gives me the strength to be a better version of myself.
What would it mean to you if Bosnia and Herzegovina was landmine free by 2025?
If my country was landmine free by 2025 it would mean one thing – free life. My beautiful country Bosnia and Herzegovina is made up of many hills, mountains and nature. We would walk freely without the obstacles and fear of horrific mines.
"Landmine Free 2025 would mean one thing - free life."