For 18 years, Ms. Happiness Mwamasika has had a diverse professional career in international economic development, primarily focused on consulting for private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGO) in EastAfrica. Ms. Mwamasika is a dynamic leader and skilled development practitioner with consummate interpersonal and communication skills. She has supported the establishment of critical ventures in maternal health, children’s rights, community development, women’s empowerment, ecotourism, wildlife conservation, and entrepreneurship. From homeless youth to high-level government officials, Ms. Mwamasika has an innate ability to connect with and inspire a broad range of individuals and groups and focus their efforts toward collective action. Having recently relocated to the Washington DC area, Ms. Mwamasika now aims to bring her international experience and expertise to US-based organizations.
MY experience working with Maasai and Hehe women in Tanzania, it's evident that women, especially in rural remote areas, are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change than men. Many women in these areas, dependent for their livelihood on natural resources that are threatened by climate change.
These women in rural areas depend heavily on local natural resources for their livelihood, as they are the ones responsible and expected to carry out the daily household activities such as fetching water, farming and collecting firewood. Because of these challenges facing these rural women, I strongly believe it's with urgency to identify strategies and come up with sustainable solutions to respond to the environmental and humanitarian crises caused by climate change.