Nobel Peace Prize Winner Receives Humanitarian Award at Lions Clubs International Convention
We were proud to present the 2010 Lions Humanitarian Award to Wangari Maathai, an internationally known environmental, peace, human rights and democracy activist from Kenya.
Maathai is the 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 receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her “contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” Maathai accepted this year’s award on Thursday, July 1, 2010, in the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
The Lions Humanitarian Award is the highest honor of our association. It includes a US$200,000 grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation for continuing humanitarian activities. Previous recipients include former President Jimmy Carter, Sonia Gandhi and Mother Teresa.