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Meet the women inspiring change in the Mediterranean

Date posted: 
Friday, March 8, 2019

Women making a difference to conservation projects

Awatef Abiadh trekking for fieldwork in France

© Louis Marie Préau

In honour of International Women’s Day, we invited Awatef Abiadh to share her insight from interviews with motivated and brave women who lead on conservation projects in developing countries in the Mediterranean. Get ready to be inspired…

Awatef is the Programme Officer for North Africa for the Critical Ecosystem Partnership FundCEPF, in the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot.

Although women are the backbone of societies in developing countries, their role in biodiversity conservation remains modest in the Mediterranean countries of North Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. Woman are obviously involved, but rarely take the place of a leader. To have success in conservation, often a woman here needs to fight to demonstrate that she deserves trust, something that I know all too well myself, having grown up in rural Tunisia where gender is restrictive. Read her remarkable story, and that of other women, here.

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