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Gorongosa’s Girl Power

This video originally appeared CNN series “Inside Africa”

The revival of Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique has become one of Africa’s most celebrated conservation stories. But it’s the park’s trailblazing efforts to empower women that may create the most long-lasting change. These are the inspiring stories of the ladies leading the way.

“I am Gabreila Cortiz. I work in Gorongosa National Park. I grew up in the Gorongosa village. I am the first woman ever trained as a safari tour guide in the history of Gorongosa.”

Today, she sees her achievements as the first steps in changing the perceptions of what’s possible.

“Girls in the village, they thought only a boy can do whatever they want. A girl will not. But we have to change that. How we can change that? Curating role models.”

Join us Wednesday, May 6, at 9am PDT / Noon EDT for a VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR and hear first-hand from Half-Earth Chair Piotr Naskrecki, Associate Director of the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory at Gorongosa, about the recover and resurgence of the park, and how the women and men of the community take a lead role in this exemplary success story.