Women’s health, education, welfare, and rights have a decisive role to play in reducing poverty and saving the Serengeti
Download pdf. How Women Can Save the Serengeti
In partnership with Serengeti Preservation Foundation, we are bringing new forms of income to women. Our first program is supplying a women’s group with bee hives. They receive training and tend to hives, harvesting honey that to sell.
Women are largely responsible for managing the family, including sending children to school. Yet they have little income of their own and spend much of their time searching for firewood and carrying water. Giving them a reliable source of their own income empowers them the time and authority to take on more responsibility.
Why Women Have a Decisive Role to Play in Conservation
- Human population around the Serengeti is reaching critical mass
- Climate change is having an increasing impact
- Women are key to reversing both threats
- Empowering women and girls must should a priority
Damaeris Seleina Parsitau, a recent visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, knows this well. She is a Maasai woman with a Ph.D., the first Maasai woman to ever achieve this level of education. She says that in Maasai society, men have the power and women must remain silent. But after earning her doctorate, the elders made her an “honorary man,” and allowed her to speak. And now she is, advocating Maasai women’s education through her organization, Let Maasai Girls Learn.
Women also have a key role in climate change. A recent Brookings Institution article, girls’ education has an impact in several important ways:
“Girls from all over the world hold the key to our most pressing challenges, including climate change and environmental sustainability. Studies suggest girls’ education significantly and positively impacts families and communities. Investing in girls’ education is imperative.”