In Kenya, women are historically underrepresented in the conservation sector. We believe that empowering underrepresented groups generates innovative ideas, novel solutions, and diverse perspectives that engender conservation success. As such, we seek to equip early career Kenyan women with foundational knowledge in conservation tech to advance their careers in conservation while spreading awareness of novel solutions to their home organizations. We also aim to support women in the conservation community by creating a network of women working in the conservation tech community across Kenya. This Programme will therefore focus on:
- Providing an introduction to a diversity of hardware, software, and data management tools used for wildlife monitoring, wildlife protection, and resource management.
- Arranging opportunities for professional development and networking to empower a community of women working in conservation technology across this region.
15 Participants will join two in-person workshops at Ol Pejeta Conservancy: the first will run for 5 days and the second for 3 days. In the six-month period between workshops, three half-day virtual sessions will be facilitated.
The first workshop will provide participants with an immersive introduction to hardware tools used to collect data on wildlife monitoring, wildlife protection, and resource management. The programme will also have professional development, mentorship, and networking sessions where participants will have an opportunity to meet and interact with female leaders in the conservation technology field. The subsequent three virtual sessions will cover software used to collect, manage, manipulate or visualize conservation data in order to inform decisions and policies, and provide a space to connect with identified mentors.
At the second workshop, the cohort will reconvene to share their experiences on the practical application of the technological tools in their work, highlighting their successes, challenges and failures. This meeting will be an avenue for the participants to foster already established networks within the cohort and explore new ones.
- First Workshop: 16th May- 20th May, 2022
- Virtual Sessions and Second workshop: Dates TBD