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About Wangari Maathai
A role model for many African women, Wangari Maathai, lived an exceptional and inspirational life. She was a Kenyan activist and the first African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Background & Education
Wangari Maathai is a native of Kikuyu – Kenya’s most populated ethnic group. She attended the all-girls Loreto High School. She was then awarded an academic scholarship for enrollment at St. Scholastica College. In 1964, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and then acquired a master’s degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh.
After obtaining a Ph.D. in 1971 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, She became the first East and Central African female “Doctor of philosophy.”
While working together with the National Council of Women of Kenya in 1977, she founded the Green Belt Movement. The organization had planted over 20 million trees by the start of the 21st century.
In addition, she was a strong activist of afforestation and environmental conservation. In 1984, Maathai received the Right Livelihood Award for her environmental activism. She was also a vibrant human right and HIV-aids advocate.
She was a Kenyan Parliamentarian between 2003 and 2005 and a one-time deputy minister of environment and resources.
In 2004, she was a Nobel Peace Prize winner thus, for her immense contributions to sustainable development and democracy.
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Famous quotes by Wangari Maathai
African women in general need to know that it's OK for them to be the way they are - to see the way they are as a strength, and to be liberated from fear and from silence.Wangari Maathai
I don't really know why I care so much. I just have something inside me that tells me that there is a problem, and I have got to do something about it. I think that is what I would call the God in me.Wangari Maathai
I think what the Nobel committee is doing is going beyond war and looking at what humanity can do to prevent war. Sustainable management of our natural resources will promote peace.Wangari Maathai
In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.Wangari Maathai
In Kenya women are the first victims of environmental degradation, because they are the ones who walk for hours looking for water, who fetch firewood, who provide food for their families.Wangari Maathai
It was easy to persecute me without people feeling ashamed. It was easy to vilify me and project me as a woman who was not following the tradition of a 'good African woman' and as a highly educated elitist who was trying to show innocent African women ways of doing things that were not acceptable to African men.Wangari Maathai
It would be good for us Africans to accept ourselves as we are and recapture some of the positive aspects of our culture.Wangari Maathai
It's a matter of life and death for this country. The Kenyan forests are facing extinction and it is a man-made problem.Wangari Maathai
When resources are degraded, we start competing for them, whether it is at the local level in Kenya, where we had tribal clashes over land and water, or at the global level, where we are fighting over water, oil, and minerals. So one way to promote peace is to promote sustainable management and equitable distribution of resources.Wangari Maathai
You cannot blame the mismanagement of the economy or the fact that we have not invested adequately in education in order to give our people the knowledge, the skills and the technology that they need in order to be able to use the resources that Africa has to gain wealth.Wangari Maathai
F.A.Q. about Wangari Maathai
When is her birthday?
Wangari Maathai's birthday is on April 1, 1940.
In how many days is her birthday?
Wangari Maathai's birthday is in 124 days
How old was Wangari Maathai when she died?
She was 71 years old.
When did she die?
She died in September 25, 2011.
How old would she be today?
Wangari Maathai would be 81 years old if she was alive today.
Where was Wangari Maathai from?
She was born in Ihithe village, Nyeri District, Kenya.
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