Oct
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Tue 12:00 PM

The Frontlines of the New Global Land Rush: An Account from Tanzania, Kijoolu Kaliya

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When: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  
Where: 620 Library Place, Conference Room  
Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: - Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Contact: Program of African Studies   (847) 491-7323
Group: Program of African Studies
Category: Lectures & Meetings
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The Program of African Studies, Center for Global Engagement,  Northwestern Conference on Human Rights, and the African Students Association present: 

The Frontlines of the New Global Land Rush: An Account from Tanzania, with Kijoolu Kaliya

Ms. Kaliya is a pastoralist and community leader in Tanzania. She
is among the leading women champions in Ngorongoro district, who mobilized the community to ensure their land is protected and
secured. Rights to land are particularly important to enabling her
community’s primary livelihood of pastoralism.

Ms. Kaliya’s biggest mobilization happened in 2009, when she
organized 1,000 women who made a peaceful demonstration
against the eviction of 20,000 Maasai from their ancestral land in
Loliondo division. Recently she led the Maasai community to return 2000 ruling party membership cards as a symbol of their disagreement with a land transaction in which the government intended to give a luxury hunting company 1,500 square kilometers of Maasai land without their consent. The community’s action influenced the Tanzanian Government to temporarily halt the land deal. By negotiating with government leaders, including women ministers, Ms. Kaliya and her fellow organizers brought the issue to national and international prominence, even securing a promise from the Prime Minister that he would resolve the issue.