Pop-Up Event: Women’s Conservation Leadership in Africa

Women's Conservation Leadership in Africa

Date: Monday, Feb. 17th
Time: 12:30PM-2:00PM
Location: Brackenhurst Grounds
Registration: Free of Charge – open to all Pathways Kenya attendees

Dr. Leela Hazzah (Lion Guardians, Pride Lion Conservation Alliance), Dr. Colleen Begg (Niassa Carnivore Project, Pride Lion Conservation Alliance), Dr. Winnie Kiiru (Conservation Kenya), Ms. Megan Jones (Colorado State University

Event Details:

We are stronger together.

Women are more than half of the world’s population; and are responsible for every day environmental decisions about food, water, security and health. Yet they occupy a very small space of influence and decision-making in conservation leadership.

We know from experience and from scientific research that women are more likely to succeed when they have female role models and a strong sense of community in their field. A sense of belonging in a “safe” space increases resilience under difficult work conditions and can increase innovation through shared ideas. Role models can be older and more senior women, but also younger or more junior colleagues with different experiences and approaches to conservation. We role model every day, in everything we do, but often we need courage and support to live the values we believe in. Integrity, compassion and collaboration are core values to successful leadership and have been shown to be values that many women share.

In this 90min interactive session using a ‘World Café’ approach we will create dynamic opportunities for participants to get to know other women active in African conservation and share ideas on how we can be leadership role models for each other. We will discuss ways to sustain the day’s momentum and expand the movement in the months to come.

This is an ideal networking opportunity for established and emerging leaders alike. Join us in this safe space to be you, inspire others, and grow this movement towards a more diverse and inclusive conservation space where we can work together to do conservation differently.