This series highlights the legacy of a selection of inspiring African women who have distinguished themselves in the history of their continent in areas as diverse as politics, diplomacy and resistance against colonization, the defence of women’s rights and environmental protection.
Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement
Wangari Maathai (1940–2011) was a Kenyan scholar and environmental activist. She founded the pioneering Green Belt Movement in 1977, which encourages people, particularly women, to plant trees to combat environmental degradation. Her holistic approach eventually led her to link environmental responsibility to political struggles of governance, human rights and peace. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.