COUNTRY/TOWN: Tanzania / Spain / Several/ Madrid
LENGTH: 2016 - 2019
In rural areas of Tanzania, 85% of the women work in agriculture. It is women who most suffer the effects of climate change, and above all it is women who play an essential role in the responses being given to this situation.
The Green Voices project intends to accompany them in this effort. To do so, it combines training, entrepreneurship, leadership and communication in a programme that has had huge repercussions in Spain, after being presented at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and then in Tanzania following its launch before a multitude in Dar Es Salaam with the country’s Vice President attending.
Five women agricultural farmers, five social leaders and five journalists from Tanzania are participating in the project. They came to Madrid to take part in an intensive course on leadership and climate change given by the Autonomous University of Madrid in March 2016.
Following the training and now back in Tanzania, the ten women farmers and leaders are designing and implementing a green initiative or project in their territories with local collaboration. It should be stressed that in each of these territories there have been many women joining these projects, creating a true community of Green Voices.
These projects are being carried out in the areas of agriculture (with the reintroduction of traditional crops), sustainable energy, beekeeping, etc.
For their part, the women journalists are providing news coverage and dissemination of these projects, thereby amplifying their colleagues’ voice. The aim is for the women participating to become green spokeswomen with a broad social backing so that they may generate opinion and awareness of the problems caused by climate change and encourage palliative solutions to the warming that is already being noted in the country.
Committed and generous as always, the singer-songwriter Luz Casal has written the song Green Voices (Voces Verdes) for this project, which has been recorded by eight Tanzanian women in Dar Es Salaam and which will be the project’s theme song.