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date: 21 October 2019

Maathai, Wangari (1940–2011) 

Source:
A Dictionary of African Politics
Author(s):

Nicholas Cheeseman

Environmental activist, founder of the *Green Belt Movement (GBM), and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Wangari Maathai was the first female scholar to receive a doctorate in Kenya and subsequently became the first female professor. While chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy at the University of Nairobi, Maathai campaigned for equal benefits for female members of staff and was extremely active within civil society, becoming the direct of the Kenya Red Cross Society in ... ...

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