Story of the Week: Lions Announce Humanitarian Award Winner
We’re pleased to announce that Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai will be the recipient of the 2010 Lions Humanitarian Award.
Maathai is an internationally known activist from Kenya and founder of the Green Belt Movement, a broad-based grassroots organization that works to reduce poverty and protect the environment. In 2004, she became the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.
Maathai’s environmental efforts have resulted in women planting 40 million trees on community lands since 1977. She also served in the Kenya parliament from 2002-2007 and was one of the leaders of the successful campaign to bring democracy back to Kenya through peaceful means in 2002.
She will join us in Sydney this summer to accept her award at International Convention. We hope to see you there, too!