Second Generation Leaders

Second Generation Leaders

by Anny Andaryati North Mollo’s Mutis Mountain is the source of four major Timorese rivers, with diverse ecosystems like bonsai forests, eucalyptus woodlands and horse-grazed meadows. Ecotourism is supporting the knowledge of Timorese traditions, indigenous spirituality, guardianship of natural resources, Timorese cuisine, and tenun (handwoven textiles). In 2013, Aleta Baun won the Goldman Environment Prize which recognizes her work protecting the land, water, and livelihood on Mutis Mountain on the island of Timor in Indonesia. She invested the award’s prize…

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Angelina Aspuac, a tribute to the struggle of Guatemalan weaving women

Angelina Aspuac, a tribute to the struggle of Guatemalan weaving women

By Marta Salvador, Alba Sud The characteristic that joins the women in this article, and many others to whom we raise our voices this March 8, is their ability to constantly fight. This perseverance perfectly defines our protagonist: Angelina Aspuac. Angelina was born in 1977 into a Kaqchikel family of farmers in southern Guatemala, a small-town Santiago Sacatepéquez. Most Mayan women in this area are dedicated to the art of weaving, more specifically the waist loom. In Guatemala, this practice…

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The Women of the Hidden Valley – A Culinary Experience

The Women of the Hidden Valley – A Culinary Experience

By Elisa Spampinato This is the story of the invisible traditional communities of Brazil, hidden in the Ribeira Valley. The story of brave women, empowered by their own culinary culture. In the Ribeira Valley, an area of more than ten million square miles, there are 88 Quilombolas communities, direct descendants of the former slaves taken from Africa in the 16th century to work in the fluvial gold rush. Until now, these communities have been continuing the rich agricultural and culinary tradition of…

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Tusha’s Story – How I Overcame My Fears

Tusha’s Story – How I Overcame My Fears

By Angela Hadjipateras Born in Supinho, a small rural village in the Zambezia province of North Central Mozambique, Tusha was one of 5 children. Her father abandoned the family when she was just 3 months old and her mother single-handedly supported her children through school. Like most in the village, Tusha did not complete her secondary school education and got by on the unstable and meagre income raised from selling surplus produce, mostly rice and sweet potatoes, grown on the…

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Evelyn’s Story – Adventure Alternative

Evelyn’s Story – Adventure Alternative

By Evelyn Muronji Walluckano My name is Evelyn Muronji Walluckano. I’ve been working in the tourism industry for nine years, after pursuing two diplomas—in food production and in tour guiding and administration. When I enrolled in college, the ratio of men to women was 4:1 in the same course but looking at the number of women doing tour guiding now, it is almost zero. In Kenya, there are less than 10 female tour guides. This is due to the old…

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Women Who Inspire Me

Women Who Inspire Me

By Hamira Zamani-Farahani As I reflect on my life as we approach International Women’s Day, there are three women that come to mind. These women have impacted my career and personal life immensely and so it feels opportune to share how they’ve encouraged and motivated me through the years. The first is Dr. Lee Jolliffe from Canada, who I met in 2007 at the International Conference on Heritage & Tourism in Guangzhou, China. At the time, I was a doctoral…

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