Zimbabwean Humanitarian Tererai Trent Honoured with A Life-size Statue in New York
Zimbabwean scholar, humanitarian and author Tererai Trent will be honoured with a life-size statue in New York for her role in the fight for gender equality and women’s rights. Her bronze statue will be erected at Rockefeller Centre in August this year during the launch of statues of equality, a project established by renowned Australian artists Gillie and Marc Schattner.
The aim of the project is to increase the number of statues of women in New York, a city where only five of 150 statues depict nonfictional women, according to She Built NYC, an initiative expanding representation of women in public monuments.
54-year-old Tererai announced the exciting news on Twitter, saying; “Statues of Equality is set to launch in NYC this summer. I am incredibly honoured to be standing among the world’s Top 10 most inspiring women ‘sculpted for equal rights’!”
According to Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald, Tererai was denied an equal chance of education as a young girl growing up in Zvipani village, where educating girls was considered a waste of time and resources.
Using her brother’s schoolbooks to teach herself how to read and write, she ended up doing his homework for him.
However, she was married off by her father at age eleven but still yearned for an education; which is why she wrote her dreams on a scrap of paper and buried them in a can. According to her book The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in A Can, this was an ancient practice that reminded her that she couldn’t give up on her dreams.
Today she is a holder of three degrees – including a PhD – and has recently been named one of the most inspirational women in the world.
As one of the most recognised voices and a firm believer in getting an education, she set up Tererai Trent International, a foundation that aims at empowering rural communities provide quality education for children.
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