Photo of the Day: Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)
Here are a few facts to note about Wangari.
– Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her actions to promote sustainable development, democracy and peace.
-She is the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
-The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree
– Member of the National Council of Women of Kenya from 1976 to 1987
-In 1976 she introduced the idea of community-based tree planting
-Founded Green Belt Movement that has assisted women in planting more than 40 million trees on community lands including farms, schools and church compounds.
-I n December 2002, Prof. Maathai was elected to Kenya’s parliament with an overwhelming 98 percent of the vote.
– From 2003 to 2007 Prof. Maathai served as Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in Kenya’s ninth parliament.
-In September 1998, Prof. Maathai launched and become co-chair of the Jubilee 2000 Africa Campaign, which advocates for canceling the debts of poor African countries.
– She is the author of three books; an autobiography, Unbowed, and an explanation of her organizational method, The Green Belt Movement: Sharing the Approach and the Experience. Her newest book, The Challenge for Africa was released in April 2009.