Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women's rights. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for "her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace".
“She was my heroine, a global inspiration, and a true Kenyan warrior… She would talk of complex environmental issues with a hearty laugh and a deep understanding of their impact on ordinary lives”, said Joseph Kabiru, her friend and journalist specialising on African issues. To learn more about Wangari and her achievements, read this heartwarming article by Kabiru, where he writes fondly of her impact and her lifetime of environmental campaigning.
At The Basket Room, we look up to Wangari Maathai for her strong female voice, perseverant till the end. Her own campaign recognised the dilemma facing poor communities with their own basic needs- and this acts as a constant reminder to us on how we carry out our own work on the ground with our various weaving collectives around Kenya.
Today, 17th September, we ask you to share how you've been inspired to make a difference in the world, whether by Wangari Maathai or just by something else close to your heart. We ask you to post a photo of yourself on social media, perhaps even holding a placard, and tag the post with "#mylittlething is...(insert your 'little thing')”.
At The Basket Room, we’re inspired by Maathai in her support of women’s rights, so we're kicking things off with… “#mylittlething is supporting women in enterprise!”
Please direct these posts below. Looking forward to seeing what your 'little thing' is!