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Saturday, October 09, 2004

Wangari Maathai

Some great quotes from Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner from Kenya and a powerful lady:

"Women are responsible for their children, they cannot sit back, waste time and see them starve."

"We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind. To do so effectively, the world needs a global ethic with values which give meaning to life experiences and, more than religious institutions and dogmas, sustain the non-material dimension of humanity. Mankind's universal values of love, compassion, solidarity, caring and tolerance should form the basis for this global ethic which should permeate culture, politics, trade, religion and philosophy. It should also permeate the extended family of the United Nations."

I'd like my mother to have been here for this. In her time in Kenya women didn't go to University - black nor white. Mum would have appreciated this moment.


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