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The future is female

Putting women in roles of law enforcement has brought conservation and communities together

“As we move further into the interior, the realisation that these women are my lifeline dawned on me. We are patrolling on the front lines. Challenges present themselves at every corner; wild and dangerous beasts roaming, snare wire coiled round trees like spiders’ webs awaiting their prey, the thorny undergrowth, the stiling heat of the sun, the desperate lack of water and signs of poachers’ presence make this a very hostile environment to be in.”

This is one reflection by Holly Budge of her time spent with the all-female Akashinga rangers in Zimbabwe’s Lower Zambezi Valley. Founder Damien Mander says “by putting women into the power roles of law enforcement, management, decision making, we’ve completely deescalated the majority of local tension and brought conservation and communities together.”

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