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Empowering Maasai Futures: Youth Activism and Cultural Resilience
The Maasai are Indigenous people from southern Kenya, renowned and revered for their pastoral, nomadic heritage. They inhabit and range across the African Great Lakes region, and have traditionally subsisted almost entirely on the meat, blood and milk of their cattle herds. While many may romanticize the traditional ways of the Maasai, their Earth-based wisdom and connection to the land, Maasai lifeways are now under threat of climate change, overpopulation, and global warming.
On this show we talk with two Maasai youth activists working to make life better, Winnie Seuta Kisioki, founder of My Maasai Woman Community Based Organization that provides education to women, and Samuel Lekato, Founder and Chairman of Enduata Emaa Community Based Organization.
In recent years, the Maasai have suffered the consequences of desertification, deforestation, drought and famine, forcing them to seek new ways to sustain themselves amidst crises of poverty, public health and malnutrition. Additionally, there are pressing societal issues in need of redress, particularly with regard to women’s rights and empowerment. Female genital mutilation has long been a traditional initiation practice that has caused physical injury and death, as well as cut short the dreams and aspirations of women in general.
Listen to Winnie Seuta Kisioki and Samuel Lekato share about the new dawn in Maasailand: the actions Maasai are undertaking in the realms of conservation, preservation, restoration, and female empowerment to ensure that the rich cultural heritage and legacy of the Maasai thrives on.
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Carry Kim, Co-Host of EcoJustice Radio. An advocate for ecosystem restoration, Indigenous lifeways, and a new humanity born of connection and compassion, she is a long-time volunteer for SoCal350, member of Ecosystem Restoration Camps, and a co-founder of the Soil Sponge Collective, a grassroots community organization dedicated to big and small scale regeneration of Mother Earth.
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Updated 30 December 2023