Tajikistan is a Muslim country and as a result women are viewed in ways that are different from those in western societies. However conservation offers an opportunity to change that and empower women. In the summer of 2017, together with Panthera, we spearheaded an initiative to train women in two conservancies, Burgut in Alichur, and Parcham in Ravmed, as trekking and hunting guides as well as rangers of the conservancies, at par with their male colleagues.
We hope that through this initiative, women will not only feel more empowered in their communities, but also earn the financial independence they need to guide them in their future decisions, whether professional or family planning related.
This initiative, piloted in two conservancies, will soon be expanded to the rest of the conservancies.