Taking Part in the THNK 2014
Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie
THNK class 6
Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie strongly believes that, to attain sustainable livelihoods and development and in the building of resilient communities in Africa and other parts of the Global South, like- minded individuals and groups within these communities and worldwide must connect. There must be facilitation and exchange of information, knowledge, skills, ideas and expertise. As a Geologist, working for over 20 years within the Africa water, sanitation, hygiene, environment management and education sector, she had the opportunity to travel across the continent, on a mission to collect, create, actualize, and amplify the best ideas for Africa’s sustainable development. Her motivation is ensuring people across the world especially in the Global South, have access to clean and safe water, adequate sanitation, energy security, food security and all the basic requirements necessary towards the realization of a more just, equitable and sustainable society. This can be achieved through better education and capacity building, establishing model ecological communities and training centre, promoting food sovereignty, effective natural resources management and restoration, efficient cultural heritage preservation and conservation, healing and reconciliation, advocacy and the promotion of ethical business and fair trade.
Rosemary understands that good intentions and creativity of citizens especially women who are often classified as part of the Most Vulnerable Groups(MVGs) but are always willing to make a difference and are usually the most underutilized resources in the world today. It is in this context that she has been engaged in Gender and Development for the past 18 years working with women as groups and individual, and leading several organizations as President, Executive Director and International Advisory Board and Steering Committee member worldwide. As one of the five Council Members for the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Africa, she is therefore leading the crusade to promote the bringing of communities together, so that they can co-create and co-design their own path into the future and can become major driving for positive change.
Ms Mbone Enie enjoys pushing the limits for cross-sectoral, cross-cultural and multi –disciplinary partnerships and networks. Through the establishment of the Women Environment and Climate Action Network (WECAN) Enterprise as a Social Environmental Enterprise (SEE), she envisions the re-emergence of sustainable and abundant society worldwide, growing out of an alliance of self empowered and resilient communities. Her mission is to promote a global solution based alliance, that makes visible examples of best practices and develops educational tools to inspire societal transition to resilience and working with women and other MVGs as the agent of change.
She is a Gender Ambassador for the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) the Netherlands, Steering Committee Member for the Gender and Disaster Network (GDN) UK, International Advisory Board Member for the Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) USA and Women Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International USA formally called Women Earth and Climate Caucus and were motivated in a change of name after Rosemary presented the WECAN Project at the 100 Women’s Climate Summit in New York, USA , September 2013. She enjoys traveling, reading, making friends and meeting people. She is a good dancer and an ardent football fan.