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CEO Aissatou shares her thoughts on his trip to Tanzania

Leading Change: Thoughts and Perspectives from Maasai Women

During my most recent mission in Tanzania,  I had the privilege to visit the Maasai people of East Africa. An unforgettable experience in which I participated in rituals and witnessed the cultural richness of one of Africa's most vibrant indigenous societies. Not only did I gain knowledge about the traditions and practices of the tribe, but I also became aware of the difficulties encountered by women within the community. 

Despite progress in some areas, like an increased enrollment of girls in school, the Maasai community still struggles with gender inequality and harmful cultural practices against women and girls, such as female genital mutilation and early marriage.

Leaders like Ndinini Sikar, Maria Kaheta, and Josephine Gabriel Simon, three Maasai women who founded the Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO), made it their mission to improve livelihoods of Pastoralists Maasai women in Tanzania through increased access to education, sustainable economic opportunities and healthcare services.

Through observations and conversations with different women, I have realized that effecting change in the Maasai community requires a delicate balance between respecting cultural traditions and harmful cultural beliefs.

There is still a long way to go in creating a society where women and girls have equal opportunities to take control of their lives.

As we move forward, we must recognize the unique perspective and experiences of Maasai women and center their voices in our efforts towards a more just and inclusive world.

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