This month, we have lost Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan Environmentalist and Political Activist, who inspired women across the globe. She died in the knowledge that she had brought about amazing changes in the quality of the lives of many families in Africa.
Wangari Maathai was the recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to sustainable development, democracy and peace. She became the first African woman, and the first environmentalist, to win the prize.
Following in her footsteps three women have received the Nobel Peace Prize 2011 - Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman - "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work".
This award gives great encouragement to women who continue to campaign to promote peace and justice in the war-torn areas of the world.
Wangari Maathai - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wangari_Maathai
Nobel Prize Prize - http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2011/index.html