Zimbabwean woman honoured with a life-size statue in New York

Zimbabwean woman honoured with a life-size statue in New York
Published: 14 May 2019 (159 Views)
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, reports CNN.

Her bronze statue will be erected at Rockefeller Centre in August 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, she was denied an equal chance of education as a young girl growing up in Zvipani village, where educating girls was seen a waste of time and resources.

She used her brother's schoolbooks to teach herself how to read and write and 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 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 education, she set up Tererai Trent International, a foundation that is aimed at empowering rural communities provide quality education for children.


Tererai  is being recognised alongside media mogul Oprah Winfrey who hosted her on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2011 and singled her out as her favourite guest of all time, even donating $1.5 million (about R21 468 000) to rebuild an elementary school school she attended briefly in Zimbabwe.   

People from all walks of life took Twitter to celebrate and congratulate the inspirational woman:


Other trailblazers being honoured with statues in August include primatologist Jane Goodall, activist Janet Mock, author Cheryl Strayed, chemist Tracy Dyson, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and talented actresses like Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, and award-winning singer Pink.

- w24

Tags: Zimbabwe, Woman, Trent,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Zimbabwe bans use of US Dollar and Rand

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 49 Views

Jonathan Moyo says Mthuli Ncube must be stripped off degree

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 44 Views

Evidence that Shonas arrived in Zimbabwe 300 years ago (1700's)

by Ndzimu-unami Emmanuel Moyo, PMP | 24 June 2019 | 27 Views

ED full speech at AU - UN summit in Vic Falls

by President ED Mnangagwa | 24 June 2019 | 30 Views

ZESA plunges Lobengula into darkness for 2 months

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 35 Views

Massive demonstrations against Mthuli Ncube planned

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 50 Views

Mthuli Ncube bans use of US Dollar and Rand

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 218 Views

Jonathan Moyo says Mthuli Ncube must be stripped of degree

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 158 Views

Chiwenga and Mnangagwa's fight reaches boiling point

by Itai Mushekwe | 24 June 2019 | 217 Views

Police arrest Harare drug syndicate

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 102 Views

Chamisa condemns Ethiopia coup attempts

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 108 Views

Mthuli Ncube engages journalists

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 90 Views

Zim Dollar back?

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 137 Views

Mthuli Ncube speaks of Zim dollar imminence

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 147 Views

The civil servants problem

by Clemen Moyo | 24 June 2019 | 93 Views

Mnangagwa poisoning; new details emerge

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 154 Views

Mthuli Ncube criminalises use of US Dollar and Rand

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 123 Views

Jilted man jailed for setting mother-in-law's house ablaze

by Simbarashe Sithole | 24 June 2019 | 95 Views

Another soldier in the suspected armed robbery nabbed

by Simbarashe Sithole | 24 June 2019 | 133 Views

Mnangagwa to open EU-UN Wildlife Economy Summit

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 99 Views

Zimbabwe has enough forex, says Chamisa

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 135 Views

US tells Mnangagwa to stop interfering with trade unions

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 119 Views

Civil servants get pay rise

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 167 Views

Nurses call off strike

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 91 Views

Arrest thieving Zifa officials

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 96 Views

Byo residents up in arms with Zesa

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 83 Views

WATCH: Malawi Army steps in

by Mandla Ndlovu | 24 June 2019 | 146 Views

MDC blasts war veterans

by Simbarashe Sithole | 24 June 2019 | 75 Views

Zanu PF youths warned against abusing Mnangagwa's name

by Staff Reporter | 24 June 2019 | 72 Views

Zimbabwe has so far paid $53m to former white farmers

by Staff reporter | 24 June 2019 | 64 Views

Tongaat gazettes retail sugar prices

by Staff reporter | 24 June 2019 | 93 Views

China sends doctors to Zimbabwe

by Staff reporter | 24 June 2019 | 68 Views

Ugandan coach makes U-turn on Warriors

by Staff reporter | 24 June 2019 | 83 Views

Mthuli Ncube interacts with journalists

by Staff reporter | 24 June 2019 | 51 Views

'Moving to SA doesn’t guarantee success'

by Staff reporter | 24 June 2019 | 60 Views

Pregnant pupils divide Parliament

by Staff reporter | 24 June 2019 | 68 Views