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Wangari Maathai: Unbowed by Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai: Unbowed

by Wangari Maathai

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Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004, is the founder of the Green Belt Movement in her home country of Kenya, an environmental group that has restored indigenous forests and assisted rural women by paying them to plant trees in their communities. Since 1977, it has planted more than 30 million trees in Kenya and has been replicated in dozens of other African countries. Maathai is currently Kenya's Deputy Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources and a Member of Parliament.

In her new book, 'Unbowed,' she shares the story of her life: her message of hope and self-sufficiency despite her struggles, both personal and political, in the changing landscape of Kenya. She has dedicated her life to empowering others, especially women. As the extent of Maathai's popular influence became clear, she was continually hounded, beaten, and jailed. She persisted and eventually prevailed; her Green Belt Movement has planted tens of millions of trees, and in 2002, multiparty democracy and free, fair elections returned to Kenya.

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A Great Woman
Reviewer maxine
 June 10, 2014
Wangari Maathai is an idol for women all around the globe. She fought for women and their rights in Kenya. She was raised in hell, she was beaten, suppressed and what not and still she managed to rise up as a successful liberal. She showed her love towards the environment in many different ways. She asked and paid the local women for planting trees in their communities. She was the founder of Green belt movement in Kenya and 30 million trees were planted in Kenya as a part of this movement.

In her book Unbowed she writes about her struggles and the results she got. She currently is now deputy minister for the Environment and Natural Resources and a member of Parliament. She also got a Nobel prize in 2004. In her book it seems very much clear that her primary focus was on her country’s development and she was one of the first of her age group who studied abroad following independence in 1963. She finished her studies in U.S and arrived in Nairobi in 1966.

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