Today's Famous Person was a renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize. She was the founder of the Green Belt Movement and the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. She authored four books: The Green Belt Movement; Unbowed: A Memoir; The Challenge for Africa; and Replenishing the Earth. As well as having been featured in a number of books, she and the Green Belt Movement were the subject of a documentary film, Taking Root: the Vision of [deleted].

She was born in Nyeri, a rural area of Kenya, in 1940. She obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas in 1964), a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966, and pursued doctoral studies in Germany and the University of Nairobi, before obtaining a Ph.D. in 1971 from the University of Nairobi, where she also taught veterinary anatomy. The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, She became chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and an associate professor in 1976 and 1977 respectively. In both cases, she was the first woman to attain those positions in the region.

She was active in the National Council of Women of Kenya and was its chairman from 1981 to 1987. In 1976, while she was serving in the National Council of Women, she introduced the idea of community-based tree planting. She continued to develop this idea into a broad-based grassroots organization, the Green Belt Movement, whose main focus is poverty reduction and environmental conservation through tree planting.

She was internationally acknowledged for her struggle for democracy, human rights, and environmental conservation, and served on the board of many organizations. She addressed the UN on a number of occasions and spoke on behalf of women at special sessions of the General Assembly during the five-year review of the Earth Summit. She served on the Commission for Global Governance and the Commission on the Future.

She represented the Tetu constituency in Kenya’s parliament, and served as Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources in Kenya’s ninth parliament. In 2005, she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador to the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem by the eleven Heads of State in the Congo region. The following year, 2006, she founded the Nobel Women’s Initiative. In 2007, She was invited to be co-chair of the Congo Basin Fund, an initiative by the British and the Norwegian governments to help protect the Congo forests.

In recognition of her deep commitment to the environment, the United Nations Secretary-General named her a UN Messenger of Peace in December 2009, with a focus on the environment and climate change.

Today's Famous Person died on 25 September 2011 at the age of 71 after a battle with ovarian cancer.


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