Dr Tererai Trent
Zimbabwean scholar Dr Tererai Trent will be honoured with a life-size stature in New York alongside media mogul Oprah Winfrey,Hollywood star Nicole Kidman,Cate Blanchett and their work championing gender equality.
Taking to her Twitter she stated –
Statues of Equality is set to launch in #NYC this summer. I am incredibly honored to be standing among World’s Top 10 most Inspiring Women “Sculpted for Equal rights”! Come August 26 and Celebrate the empowerment of women and big dreams!
President Mnangagwa took to his Twitter handle expressing how the nation was proud of her work in the context of creating equality for
Apparently the sculpture is in honor of her role of promoting empowerment of girls and women.
Dr Trent was born in Zvipani village in Karoi District Mashonaland West Province in 1965.
She was not allowed to go to her local school Matau primary school as a child due to poverty as well as being a female. In 1991 Jo Luck from Heifer International visited her village and asked every woman about her greatest dream. Dr Trent said she wanted to America and get a bachelor degree followed by a masters and eventually a PhD.
Encouraged by her mother, Dr Trent wrote down these dreams, put the papers in a scrap and buried it. Fast-forward to 2009 she earned her doctorate from Western Michigan University ,her thesis looked at HIV/Aids prevention programme for girls and women in Sub-saharan Africa.
In the same year she founded Tererai Trent International which has constructed several schools in Zimbabwe.