African People & Wildlife launched the African Women in Conservation Initiative because we know that one female leader has the power to change her community – and the world.
The empowerment of women and girls is essential to our 2030 Vision and our commitment to deepening and intensifying our impact in Tanzania and beyond. The initiative merges female empowerment and environmental programming to break down barriers that have held women and girls back from conservation opportunities.
Giving Girls a Chance to Thrive
We're working to provide rural girls in Tanzania with access to a nurturing environment where they can study and learn important life skills. By adding Girls Clubs to our existing youth environmental education program, we will provide increased support for girls to engage in our scholarship program. A 2022 baseline survey of girls, teachers, and community members about their challenges will inform curriculum development and implementation in 2023.
Mentoring Young Women Professionals
Our Women in Conservation internship program supports Tanzanian women in their conservation careers by providing opportunities to work with our high-impact programs. Interns gain critical field experience, receive an introduction to project management, and continue to develop both their technical and soft skills that will serve them in any future endeavor. African People & Wildlife continues to provide mentorship to our interns as they pursue their careers.
Addressing Systemic Barriers to Leadership
In addition to increasing the number of women in leadership roles within our organization, we support efforts to identify and tackle obstacles that keep women from participating in natural resource management. At the invitation of the Tanzanian government, we commissioned new research on barriers to women in leadership positions within the wildlife sector that will be released in 2023.
Promoting Women's Conservation Enterprise
Women-led conservation enterprises contribute to gender equity outcomes and to a global transformation toward more sustainable economies. Our Women's Beekeeping Initiative currently supports 104 women’s groups and over 1,800 rural women in developing nature-friendly businesses through microgrants, beekeeping training, entrepreneurship training and mentoring, and market assessments.
Investing in New Visions
Explore our interactive story map to read about some of the women and girls uplifted by our programs and learn how this initiative will invest in the vision, leadership, and talent of the next generation of female conservation champions.
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