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First female African Nobel Prize winner dies

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First female African Nobel Prize winner dies


Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai has died. The award-winning environmentalist became the first African woman to receive the honour in 2004.

Professor Maathai campaigned for women’s rights, as well as founding the Green Belt Movement. With a background in veterinary anatomy, she gained fame in the late 1980s and 1990s protesting against government-back forest clearances in Kenya. Her organisation focused on planting trees to fight deforestation and rural hunger, and empowering women.

Maathai was also an elected member of parliament who served as Assistant Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources.

According to a statement from the Green Belt Movement, she was being treated for cancer when she passed away on Monday in hospital surrounded by her family.

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