Campaign assignment for ActionAid documenting a 29 women representing the millions of local women farmers across the African continent who climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to draw attention to the demands. When they successfully returned, they were met at the foot of the mountain by the almost 400 rural women from 22 African countries to share the struggles that they face and to call on their decision-makers to stand up for women’s land rights.
The women produced a charter of principles and demands that specifically focused on women’s access to use, control, own, inherit and dispose of their land and natural resources. Lovelyn Ejim Nnenna, the Chairperson of the Rural Women’s Council, presented the charter on behalf of all of the women to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, who was represented by Ouriatou Danfakha.
Government representatives from Kenya, Burundi, and Tanzania were also in attendance, and representatives from the African Union asked that the women work with them to present their demands at the United Nations in 2017.