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Executive Director Mia MacDonald Quoted in Civil Eats Article 1/26/15

Executive Director Mia MacDonald was quoted in Advisory Board member Anna Lappe's article on Chatham House's recent study on peoples' understanding of climate change and food, particularly meat production. You can view the Civil Eats article here.

New Report Released by Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition on the Unsustainable Impacts of Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay 1/22/15

Brighter Green and the Global Forest Coalition, published a new report entitled, "Meat from a Landscape Under Threat: Testimonies of the Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock and Soybean Production in Paraguay". You can access the report here.

Brighter Green Featured in NYC Meatless Monday Press Release 1/22/15

Brighter Green and Executive Director Mia MacDonald were featured in NYC City Council Representative Helen Rosenthal's press release on the push for NYC to adopt the Meatless Monday campaign.

Executive Director Mia MacDonald Appears on Our Hen House's Highlight Reel Podcast Episode 1/10/15

Brighter Green Executive Director Mia MacDonald appears on Our Hen House's highlight reel episode on January 10th. The original TV episode can be viewed here.

East African Girls' Leadership Initiative Program Update 1/10/15

Brighter Green and Tribal Link released a January Program Update on the East African Girls' Leadership Initiative. You can access it here.

Brighter Green and Humane Society International Publish COP 20 Policy Recommendations 12/4/14

Brighter Green and Humane Society International published a policy recommendation document on animal agriculture and climate change for the COP 20 meeting in Lima, Peru. You can access the document here.

Brighter Green Releases Summary on Forthcoming Nature's Rights Paper 10/14/14

Brighter Green released a summary of a forthcoming nature's rights paper entitled Nature's Rights: Rivers, Trees, Whales, and Apes.

Jim Harkness Positively Reviews "What's For Dinner?" 10/6/14

Jim Harkness Senior Advisor on China at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy positively reviews "What's For Dinner?" and interviews Executive Director Mia MacDonald.

Brighter Green Associate Interviewed by "Eating Animals" Director, Christopher Quinn 9/29/14

Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou was interviewed by Eating Animals director Christopher Quinn. BG also provided Mr. Quinn Chinese contacts, including What's For Dinner? director Jian Yi, for the film.

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The East African Girls' Leadership Initiative Fundraiser

December 18, 2012 12:00pm
Grace Koutimet speaking about the role of women in the Maasai community

Grace Koutimet speaking about the role of women in the Maasai community

The East African Girls' Leadership Initiative fundraiser on December 6th was a success.  We have almost reached our goal of $3,000, enough money to support the education, living costs, rights training, mentoring, and leadership skill workshops for two girls for one year.  We thank those who came to the fundraiser and those who donated.  If you would like to contribute, you can do so through our Crowdrise website. Thank you!

The night started off with singer-songwriter Joy Askew performing a few of her songs.  In addition to Mia MacDonald and Pamela Kraft, our partner at Tribal Link, speaking about the program, Grace Koutimet, from SIMOO, spoke about the role of Maasai women in the community and how educating Maasai women greatly assists the communities' progress. Grace works directly with the girls in the initiative and spoke about the challenges young women face in the Maasai community. Not only do they take on a lot of responsibility (building the house, cooking, cleaning, taking care of children), they are also a commodity: when a daughter marries, the family receives cattle as payment. This is particularly prevalent as climate change affects the community and drought causes cattle to die, forcing fathers to marry their daughters at young ages in order to get more cattle.

In addition to Grace, the Deputy Ambassador of Kenya to the United Nations Dr. Josephine Ojiambo and her daughter Julie Ojiambo, a former Brighter Green intern, spoke about their involvement with the program and expressed thanks for the opportunities this program creates for these young women.

Lastly, we showed the new East African Girls' Initiative Program video at the fundraiser (see below). This video provides information about the program and introduces you to some of the girls as well as their school.



Brighter Green and Tribal Link thank all of those who attended and who were able to donate to the program. For more information please visit the Brighter Green page on the East African Girls' Leadership Initiative.