The Maputo Project
THE MAPUTO PROJECT
PROMOTING AND PROTECTING WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN AFRICA
The Maputo Project seeks to holds power to account and to get knowledge about the Maputo Protocol into all the schools in Africa.
The burden of Africa. There are many more depressing images like these. Help us to take action for an Africa that respects the rights of women in Africa!
Our mission at the Maputo Project is to get the Maputo Protocol and other regional and international human rights instruments known all women and men in Africa. The project seeks to hold the AU, its Members and all those in positions of power and authority – to the commitments they make about equal rights to women. We are developing a special ‘Maputo Curriculum and Syllabuses’ for schools and colleges in Africa and working with the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of women in Africa to have such curriculum and syllabus adopted.
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Wangarĩ Muta Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) was a renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize. She was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. She became Chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and an Associate Professor in 1976 and 1977 respectively. In both cases, she was the first woman to attain those positions in the region. Wangari Maathai was active in the National Council of Women of Kenya in 1976-87 and was its Chairperson in 1981-87.
It was while she served in the National Council of Women that she introduced the idea of planting trees with the people in 1976 and continued to develop it into a broad-based, grassroots organization whose main focus is the planting of trees with women groups in order to conserve the environment and improve their quality of life.
In 1984, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award for “converting the Kenyan ecological debate into mass action for reforestation.” Maathai was an elected member of Parliament and served as Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural resources in the Government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005.