“Women have become aware that planting trees and fighting to save forests from being chopped down is part of a larger mission to create a society that respects democracy, decency, adherence to the rule of law, human rights and the rights of women.” WANGARI MAATHAI
If I could meet with any womanish world leader at this time it would be with Professor Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, creator of The Green Belt Movement of Kenya which has now planted one billion trees across Africa. My heart goes out to her at this time. In the middle of a surge of election violence in Kenya Prof Maathai has created The Peace Tent in that city (www.greenbeltmovement.org) to help with the healing and reconciliation. I send her my solidarity. She is a shining, powerful voice of sense and hope for the women of Kenya and for all of us who desire a world where there is less war and more bountiful forest, more empowered women and more peace. I'll plant these three Gumelame cuttings in her name today.