Onwards and Upwards with the Kilimanjaro Initiative
In November 2015, 30 rural women leaders from 16 African countries met in Arusha to further strategize on how to strengthen their movement and voice in regards to land ownership and management of natural resources in the continent. The meeting was hosted by Tanzania Gender Networking program (TGNP) and co-financed by ActionAid, Oxfam and International Land coalition (ILC).
The Kilimanjaro Initiative supported by the International Land Coalition (ILC), ActionAid, and Oxfam seeks to mobilize, and bring together thousands of rural women from all over the continent at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro in October 2016, where they will develop and proclaim a Charter of Demands. The Charter will be presented to the Africa Union, and respective national governments, in a series of lobby and advocacy activities aimed at pressuring decision makers to take action to address the plight of rural women across Africa.
The main objective of the Kilimanjaro Initiative is to influence land policies at the global, regional and national levels for rural women and the most marginalized groups. Taking as an entry point land and productive resources, the Initiative seeks to mobilize rural women from across Africa to define the future they want. This involves rural women rallying together to claim the lives of dignity they deserve, based on secure rights to the resources they need to make a better life for themselves and identifying and overcoming the challenges that hold them back.