Tererai Trent, a women’s empowerment and humanitarian advocacy scholar from Zimbabwe, received a bronze statue for her role in promoting equality and empowerment for girls and women.
The US-based author was ranked among the top 10 most inspiring women in the world “sculpted for equal rights.” Tererai Trent will have her life-size bronze statue erected at the Rockefeller Center in New York on August 26, 2019, at the launch of Statues for Equality, a project that aims to balance gender representation in public art.
The statue will be held alongside other distinguished women who have received the same honor, including billionaire Oprah Winfrey, environmental defender Jane Goodall, actress Cate Blanchett, activist Janet Mock, actress Nicole Kidman, chemist Tracy Dyson, Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas and author Cheryl Strayed.
Coming from a society where women were not allowed to own property, at the age of 18 she was already married to children. However, she was learning to read and write herself before returning to the United States about 21 years ago to seek an education.
The US-based scholar, who believes her past has taken her where she is now, is the founder of Tererai Trent International, which advocates for quality education for all children, regardless of sex or gender. socio-economic context.
In her village, although she did not have a propitious environment to succeed, Trent had a dream. She explains that she could represent herself to go to America on a plane.
She said, “I had never been on a plane before, but I saw myself carry a bag on campus and attend classes. I had a mental image as if I was there. I could see myself getting my degree and getting a Ph.D.
She adds that “these pictures were so alive to me”.