Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai Dies at 71

I am saddened to hear news of the death of Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan who was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.  Maathai won the prize for founding the Green Belt movement, which empowered Kenyan women to plant more than 40 million trees.  Although I haven't been to Kenya in 15 years, I follow events there closely.  Having seen first hand the challenges women face in traditional Kenyan society - spending hours of their day walking for water, struggling for control over their lives and bodies - I have been so gratified to see Maathai's success over the years.  She will be tremendously missed.

Jamie Baker Roskie

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