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What is World Female Ranger Week?
What is the World Female Ranger Week Challenge?
A 7-day walking challenge raising much-needed funds to support female rangers on the front-line of wildlife and resource protection globally. It is specially designed to be inclusive and brings together a community of people across the world, of all ages and from all walks of life, who want to walk to make a difference.
Funds raised will support female rangers around the world. Challenge yourself to step into the boots of a ranger and walk the distances they cover on a daily basis.
Ready, steady, GO!
When is the World Female Ranger Week Challenge starting?
World Female Ranger Week will be held each year on June 23rd - 30th. The World Female Ranger Week challenge will start on the 23rd of June but when you chose to take the challenge up is entirely up to you. Simply choose a time that suits you best, pull up your socks, tie up your boots, and get walking! The main thing is that you're walking to make a difference for female rangers and the wildlife they work hard to protect.
Why are you celebrating female rangers only?
We also recognise the important role that male rangers play in protecting wildlife and wild spaces. However, less than 11% of the global wildlife ranger workforce is female. We want to ensure that female rangers receive all of the support they need so that they can continue to do incredible work, standing on the front line of conservation, alongside men.
Women naturally have different needs to men, and we want to ensure these needs are met, which is why we are celebrating female rangers through World Female Ranger Week and the associated platform. With women being natural communicators, protectors and investing their earned income in their families, bringing gender equity into the workforce enhances conservation efforts and strengthens relationships within communities.
I'm a female ranger. How can I get involved?
First of all, thank you for all you do to protect wildlife and wilderness areas! World Female Ranger Week enables female wildlife rangers, like you, to come together, access peer support, offer and receive advice, and share your stories. We’re here to support YOU so that you can continue your vital work. Simply fill in our short form here: https://survey.zohopublic.eu/zs/GthAma
Why should I support female rangers?
Because female rangers are amazing! They're bold, they're resilient and are changing the game and paving the way for women to stand alongside men at the forefront of conservation, but they do need allies.
Currently, less than 11% of the global wildlife ranger workforce is female. Because the gender split is so large, the needs of female rangers are more likely to be overlooked. In order for women to do their work effectively, they need certain facilities and tools. Female rangers are so good at their jobs, and we believe that they deserve an equal chance to excel. If we can make their jobs easier through our initiative, then we have done our job.
Humankind has also had a harsh wake-up call over the past two years. COVID-19 has taught us that we are all connected. Nothing exists in isolation. From climate change, biodiversity loss or COVID-19, we are all linked to nature. A recent report by the IPBES states that there are 1.7 million zoonotic diseases in the world, half of which could affect humans. We all need to work together to help protect the protectors at the source to help mitigate the risks of this happening.
COVID-19 has also left wildlife vulnerable to poaching. With reduced tourism and funding, conservation organisations have struggled to operate fully. The work of anti-poaching rangers is paramount right now, and we want to do all we can to support their efforts.
Can I take part in the World Female Ranger Week Challenge if I have a health condition?
We’d love for you to join the World Female Ranger Week Challenge, but we don’t want you to push yourself too hard if you have a health condition. The great thing about this challenge is that you can complete it at your own pace and according to your own fitness level. Taking a few slow walks around the garden will count towards the challenge! We suggest speaking to your doctor before committing to the challenge if you have any worries or concerns about your health.
Taking Part As An Individual
How do I sign up?
Simply click “sign up” at the top of the page and follow the steps. If you need a hand, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the World Female Ranger Week Challenge open to all genders?
Of course! The World Female Ranger Week challenge is open to everyone. We champion inclusivity. This is why we want to support female wildlife rangers; we want to promote gender equality and inclusivity within ranger teams. World Female Ranger Week raises funds for female and mixed ranger teams so that they can gain access to the support, facilities and tools they need as women to do their jobs effectively. We see huge value in men supporting female rangers, so that, together, we can shift attitudes towards women in front line roles and promote long-lasting equality and create change. So guys, lace up your walking boots!
Do I have to choose the amount of time I walk each day?
Nope, it's entirely up to you! When you register, there's an option to 'Choose your own challenge'. Simply choose the distance you are comfortable with. Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day, that great! For the super keen walkers out there, you might want to set yourself a bigger challenge. Perhaps you could walk half a marathon a day (21 km) for 7 days, like the rangers?
Do I have to walk for a consecutive period of time?
You don’t have to but you can if you want to. If you’re feeling energetic and want to challenge yourself to a 21km walk to match the daily patrol of many female rangers, then we salute you. If you can do this for 7 consecutive days, then you can give yourself a big pat on the back. If you’re not quite ready for the full patrol, you can choose to break up your walking time throughout the day, whether that’s a 30-minute brisk walk in the morning, followed by a 30-minute afternoon stroll.
I don’t have time to walk. Can I participate in some other way?
We're loving your commitment to helping female rangers around the world! We understand walking is not for everyone. There are definitely other ways you can get involved and support female rangers. You could pledge to be active in another way for that amount of time, for example, cycling, running, skipping or swimming. If you’re unable to participate in activities like these, you can still help! You can share this platform with your friends and family to encourage them to participate, or you could donate any amount of money to female anti-poaching rangers via our platform. You can also follow us on social media, where you can keep up to date with all things related to World Female Ranger Week and conservation, and you can share our content to raise awareness.
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Do I have to post about my walking on social media?
By posting your walking activity on social media, you're able to let your friends and family know that you're fundraising for a good cause. We encourage you to post your daily walks on social platforms, as long as you feel comfortable doing so. It is a great way to show your supporters what you’ve been up to, whilst also connecting with the wider World Female Ranger Week community. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #worldfemalerangerweek! Join our Facebook group and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @worldfemalerangerweek and Twitter @femalerangerwk.
How do I track my distance?
Your profile page includes a personal distance tracker, so you can track your progress. This is also a great way to keep your supporters updated on your activity!
If you track any other workouts with Fitbit or MapMyFitness, your distances will automatically be added to your tracker.
Follow these steps to track your kilometres automatically:
- Download the Fitbit or Map My Fitness app and set up your account.
- Log in to your Take Steps account.
- Under the heading ‘Connect your preferred Fitness app’, click your chosen app.
- Follow the prompts to connect your account.
- When you next walk, select ‘start your workout’ in the app on your phone. Once you end and save your workout, your distance will be published to the tally on your page the following day.
If you have synced your app already but it is not working, please log in and reconnect it.
When using Fitbit, you must ‘start’ an activity and save it. Your daily steps will not be automatically added to your page. If you are having issues, try syncing through BOTH your Fitbit and the Fitbit app on your smartphone.
Your tally will be updated each day with the previous day’s distances.
I don’t have a fitness app. Where can I record my steps?
You can manually add your kilometres to the tracker in the ‘My Fitness Activity’ tab of your profile after registering. This is a great option if you’re using a pedometer or a different method of tracking your distances.
Follow these steps to manually add your kilometres:
- Log in to your account and select ‘My Fitness Activity’.
- Under ‘Add Activity’, enter the date and distance.
- The number of kilometres will now appear on your fundraising page!
Why hasn’t my fitness app activity updated?
Your distance tally will be updated with the previous day’s distances once a day. Please allow 24 hours for your distance and activity to update.
How much does it cost to join the World Female Ranger Week Challenge?
It is FREE to register and participate in the World Female Ranger Week challenge. You can patrol (walk) solo or as a team. Any amount of money that you raise will make a huge difference to conservation efforts around the world.
Where does my fundraising go exactly?
100% of funds raised go directly to our UK registered charity, How Many Elephants, which will distribute the funds across a number of conservation organisations that work with female wildlife rangers, according to their needs and requirements.
Funds raised by approved female ranger teams on this site will go directly to them. These funds must be used for the benefit of female and mixed ranger teams, and How Many Elephants will ensure the funds are allocated correctly.
There will also be a central pot of money, which will be held and managed by How Many Elephants. Funds will be allocated to conservation organisations working with female rangers on a grant-making basis. Teams with female rangers will be able to apply for funding for the specific needs of female rangers.
We guarantee that the money you raise will support female wildlife rangers. You should be really proud of yourself for donating to this good cause!
Is there a deadline that I have to raise money by?
Female rangers work hard on patrol every single day, so we want to work hard to raise funds for them every day, too!
There is no deadline for fundraising.
Taking Part As A Team
Can I start a team with friends, family or colleagues?
Definitely. The more the merrier! Creating a team for the World Female Ranger Week walking challenge is a great way to stay connected with your friends, family or colleagues, and you can also share the kilometres between you, which makes the challenge a little easier (and more fun!).
Exercising in a group is also a great motivator. It will help you to keep pushing yourself to reach your goal because everyone is doing it. You’ll never miss a session because you won’t want to let the team down! There is no minimum or maximum team limit, so invite as many friends as you like. The more people on your team, the more funds you can raise for female rangers and wildlife.
Creating a team is easy. When you register, simply select ‘Create or join a team’. Then, think of a fun team name and start recruiting your team members to help make a difference!
If you need help setting this up, email us at email@example.com and we will help you complete the setup.
You can also join an existing team.
How do I invite people to my team?
It’s always more fun walking as a team. Creating a team to join the World Female Ranger Week walking challenge is a fun way to stay connected with friends, family or colleagues. After you create a team you can send pre-written email invites from your fundraising dashboard. Or simply share your team link, there’s a ‘Join Us’ button on the page.
Can I invite anyone to join my team?
Yes, you can invite anyone to join your team. Invite your friends and family. Invite your colleagues and encourage them to invite their friends and family. The options are endless! It’s all about having fun in an effort to support female rangers. You will have the option to allow anyone to join your team, even if you don’t know them personally, or you can set your team to ‘private’ so only those you invite can join.
Can I share the distance of my chosen challenge with my team?
Walking feet always need a break! If you want to share the distance of your walk with your team, go for it! Just getting involved and making a difference for female rangers is what really matters.
Sponsoring and Donating
How do people sponsor me / my team?
Your personal fundraising page is your best friend! Your supporters can sponsor and donate to you / your team directly through your fundraising page. This will be set up as soon as you register.
How can I keep my sponsors up to date with my walking?
We love that you’re being accountable! There are a few ways that you can keep your sponsors up to date with your progress.
- Your Patrol Diary. This is your blog. You can find it on “My Page” on your fundraising hub. Post all of your updates here and invite your sponsors to your page for regular updates. You can make your blog as personal and interesting as you like to really keep your sponsors engaged!
- Send emails to your sponsors straight from your fundraising page. On your fundraising hub on “My Dashboard”, you will find “Get Support”. Here, you are able to send emails to your contacts, as well as share your page directly to your social media channels.
- Post your patrol on your social media. We know it can seem daunting but many of your supporters will most likely be connected with you on your social media channels. By posting your walking activity on social media, using the hashtag #worldfemalerangerweek and tagging @worldfemalerangerweek, you can also be featured on our social media channels, as well as connect to the wider World Female Ranger Week community.
Are my donations tax-deductible?
In the UK, donations are tax-deductible. You will receive a tax receipt via email.
For international donors, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you.
What is Gift aid?
Gift Aid is applicable in the UK only. Donating through Gift Aid means that charities can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It won’t cost you any extra. It’s basically a free donation added to your funds!
For UK taxpayers you need to tick the checkbox when making a donation to make a Gift Aid declaration for the How Many Elephants to claim Gift Aid.
Can I get a new tax receipt?
If you have misplaced your tax receipt, don’t worry! We can re-issue it to you.
Simply email us at email@example.com with your name and donation amount, and we’ll pop it over to you.
I am having trouble donating.
Don’t worry - we are here to help!
If you’ve received an error message, this could mean that your card was declined or the transaction failed for some reason.
Please check that the details you entered are correct and there are sufficient funds available in the account associated with the card.
If you are still having problems donating, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will sort this out for you as soon as possible.
Your donation is so important and will contribute towards conservation efforts in Africa, and so we will do everything we can to find a solution.
Can I make a donation on behalf of my business?
Generous businesses are more than welcome to donate to support female anti-poaching rangers!
When making your donation on our platform, you will see an optional 'Company' field. Simply enter your business name here and the tax receipt will be issued for the business.
We’re so thankful for your support!
How Many Elephants Charity
Who is the How Many Elephants Charity?
UK registered charity, How Many Elephants (1186238), is a powerful design-led awareness campaign and innovative in its 100% non-gory approach. It showcases the annual poaching rate of 35,000 elephants in Africa in a visual exhibition to inspire and educate a global audience about the devastating impacts of the ivory trade. In essence, it uses design as a powerful communication tool to bridge the gap between scientific data and human connection. How Many Elephants collaborates with and supports female rangers on the front line in Africa, as well as working with direct action NGO’s, conservationists, scientists, politicians, academics, creatives, businesses and change-makers who dare to say, “I can make a difference in this world”. Read more at www.howmanyelephants.org
How Many Elephants is the official organiser of the World Female Ranger Week campaign, founded by conservationist and adventurer, Holly Budge.
Who founded World Female Ranger Week?
World Female Ranger Week was founded by Holly Budge.
When I donate, where does my money go?
Funds raised are distributed between all-female and mixed rangers.
Primary & High Schools
How can our school get involved?
There are many ways in which your school can get involved to support World Female Ranger Week!
We’re so pleased that you want to join us in our mission to help female wildlife rangers, promote gender equality within anti-poaching teams, empower women, and contribute to wildlife conservation.
We believe it is hugely important for children to gain a clear understanding of the work being done to protect our wildlife and wilderness areas across the world, whilst also realising that there are so many opportunities to help. We want young girls, especially, to know that anything is possible - they can achieve their dreams, just like the female rangers!
So, to start, first, register your school team. Once this is completed, shout from the school rooftop for all teachers, students and your entire community to join your team (this is a very important step!). Together, you can individually fundraise and will see your total impact as a team.
Why not host a World Female Ranger Week ‘mufti day’ at your school to raise funds? Or organise a walk during your lunch breaks or whilst you wait for the bell to ring at the start of the school day? There are so many ways for you to fundraise for female rangers. You can get as creative as you wish!
There is also a Teacher Resource Pack available for you, designed by teachers for teachers. Click here for a full set of teachers’ resources, including lesson plans and assembly plans.
Do we have to choose one of the options for the amount of time we walk on patrol each day?
Nope! This challenge is flexible to suit the needs of you, your fellow teachers and your students.
When you register, there's an option to 'Choose your own challenge'. Choose whatever you are comfortable with. If that's 15 mins a day, great! If it’s 60 minutes a day, that’s also great! The main thing is that you are safe and having fun, whilst raising funds for female rangers.
For the keen walkers out there, you might want to set yourself a bigger challenge and walk the distance of a half marathon (21 km), which is the same distance that the female rangers cover on a daily patrol!
The World Female Ranger Week Challenge is designed to be all-inclusive and to allow children of all abilities to get involved and get moving. All students who sign up will have the option to choose their own time limit for walking if they want to get in a few extra steps before and after school.
We advise that you inform parents or guardians if students want to participate in the World Female Ranger Week challenge to ensure they are safe at all times.
Our School can't participate during the official World Female Ranger Week timeframe (23 - 30th June 2022). Can we join the challenge any other time?
Yes, absolutely! We understand that schools have busy timetables, so you can participate whenever it suits you, your fellow teachers and your students.
We’re here to support you in your mission to support female rangers and, therefore, we have made the timings of the challenge flexible.
What does the Teacher Resource Pack include?
- A unit of work aligned with the UK curriculum Key Stage 1 ages 5-7 and Key Stage 2 ages 7-11, Key Stage 3 – ages 11-14, Key Stage 4 – ages 14-16
- Easy to follow, fully developed and planned lessons with little to no prior lesson preparation required.
- Lesson reflections embedded within the unit of work
- Accompanying presentation slides for each lesson
- Assessment task at the end of each unit of work.
I have female rangers as part of a mixed team. Can I set up a fundraising page for my mixed ranger team?
Please email us at email@example.com. We will send you a link with an application form.
How will funds be transferred to conservation organisations supporting female rangers?
We will discuss this process with you during our onboarding process.
Female Ranger Award
Where can I nominate a female ranger for an award?
You can find our application form here: https://survey.zohopublic.eu/zs/1tB8c7
When do entries close?
Closing date for nominations: 30th August 2022.
Who can nominate a female ranger for an Award?
Anyone can nominate a female ranger for the award.