Elevating the role of women and girls in conservation

Consistent throughout our programming is our commitment to breaking down barriers that hold women back from participating in sustainable resource use decisions. By placing women at the center of our work, we aim to help unleash their potential to achieve the positive social and environmental impact they envision for themselves and future generations. OEA works closely with pastoral women, a population on the frontlines of climate change whose voices are too often unheard.

Already, OEA has empowered more than 8,000 pastoralist women through marketplace literacy courses and the introduction of culturally acceptable skills and technologies, which has led to improved trans boundary conservation of key wildlife areas in the Greater Kilimanjaro and the Natron-Nguruman ecosystems. A women-led rangeland restoration approach in the Manyara-Tarangire corridor — where land degradation and competition for land use are increasing — will empower women to become catalysts of sustainable rangeland management.