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Walking with Gorillas

by Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

We celebrate Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Uganda’s first wildlife vet and founder of Conservation Through Public Health who has just published her memoir “Walking with Gorillas.”

“In the face of discrimination in a male-dominated world, one woman’s passion and determination to build a brighter future offers inspiration and insights into what is truly possible for our planet when we come together.” Walking with Gorillas recounts the remarkable story of Dr Gladys’ life protecting critically endangered mountain gorillas.

She writes “I knew I would have to work twice as hard, being a Black Ugandan, I knew I would be judged as an African woman, an even greater rarity in the world of conservation, but I had never let my color or gender stop me from accomplishing what I wanted to do, and I wasn’t about to start now.”

Dr Gladys is an inspiring role model for Ugandan women – and women everywhere – whose dedication to their calling motivates them to challenge society’s stereotypes. Matoke Tours develops female-only initiatives to stimulate dialogue about female participation in the tourism industry amongst tourism stakeholders, aiming to trigger a sector-wide participation in achieving positive social change.

In the words of Anna Grodzki, Managing Director of Matoke Tours DMC and initiator of its various programs for women in tourism:

“At Matoke Tours, we are proud to be a leader in sustainable tourism and this involves more than considering the environmental footprint of our tours; positive social impact and a more inclusive tourism industry are the values we stand for as a company. Our initiatives for women in tourism and female tour guides in particular are much more for us than a CSR activity: for our all-female project team, this is a true passion project and we all strongly feel that we want to contribute to making a lasting difference in the industry. We thank and celebrate women like Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka for being a role model to fellow women in Uganda and beyond.”

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