Lower Zambezi, Zambia
Please meet Kufadza - Zambia’s first all-female anti-poaching unit - based in Lower Zambezi National Park. In a Zambian industry which has historically been dominated by men, the importance of equality and the value women bring to the protection of natural resources, has recently finally been recognized. Climate change and environmental degradation have disproportionate impact on the life of women in the entire African continent, yet they have often been left out of the decision-making process. Investing in women directly leads to development improvement, poverty reduction and children experiencing better nutrition, health, and school attendance. Therefore, I’m a big believer that more women in conservation and world politics at large would be solving many of our current problems.
These Zambian women already acting as role models for young girls in communities all across Lower Zambezi, but they deserve a global audience. Kufadza translates as “inspire’ in Goba language and that’s what every single one of them did to me. You don’t want to mess with these ladies.