Dear IUCN member,
Having just marked International Women’s Day, I am pleased to share my conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall as part of a special episode of her new podcast, the Jane Goodall Hopecast.
As a pioneer of the modern conservation movement, Dr. Goodall has long advocated that women’s voices are vital to the fight against biodiversity loss. Throughout the world, women are on the frontlines in the critical roles of primary caregiver, land manager and resource user, making their leadership essential to the protection of our planet for future generations.
As the mother of a young daughter, I take this responsibility seriously. If elected president of IUCN, I would be the second woman to lead the organization since Yolanda Kakabadse (1996-2004). I am honored to be endorsed by trailblazers like Ms. Kakabadse, Julia Marton-Lefèvre and Dr. Goodall, and I pledge to live up to the trust and confidence they have placed in my leadership.
As we rededicate ourselves to accelerating gender parity, I am committed more than ever to ensuring that diverse voices have a meaningful, active and equitable role in IUCN governance.
Finally, I invite you to keep up with the latest news from my campaign, including a recent interview in the Financial Times, by visiting my website.
Razan Al Mubarak
Candidate for IUCN President
Managing Director of Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund