Photo of the Day: Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

WANGARI MAATHAI –RIP: This is the last image I ever captured of Wangari Maathai at the Serena Hotel, Kampala on 6/4/2010 before she passed on at the Nairobi Hospital with Cancer on September 25, 2011. I remember her speaking with such authority alongside two other women laureates. It was a press conference organized by the Nobel Women Initiative to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality.

WANGARI MAATHAI –RIP: This is the last image I ever captured of Wangari Maathai at the Serena Hotel, Kampala on 6/4/2010 before she passed on at the Nairobi Hospital with Cancer on September 25, 2011. I remember her speaking with such authority alongside two other women laureates. It was a press conference organized by the Nobel Women Initiative to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality.

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.

5 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Wangari Maathai (1940-2011)

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