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Mardiya Siba Yahaya, Ananke intern from Ghana is inspirted by Wangari Muta Maathai

“Human rights are not things that are put on a table for people to enjoy. These are things you fight for and then you protect”  –  Wangari Muta Maathai.

“When being strong is your only option, you shall grasp the rose despite it’s thorny bushes.images”  This is a quote I derived myself after learning about the life of the Kenyan activist Wangari Maathai.

During her time,when gender bias and the act of sabotaging outspoken women who acted against inequality was at it’s extreme; the Kikuyu woman withstood regardless the many punishments and denials she encountered. She persisted and stood firm for her beliefs ,as an environmentalist and human right activist, until her ideals were later met.

In the 1970s, the post colonial era, human right in Africa was as a dream as it was a myth; and worse, for women.  These are years of grim abuse and violence against women. To come across a woman who fought her way to greatness and achievement despite the detours of her era;  spark the inspiration in my life.

Driven by her relentless efforts in achieving her goal;  her resistance to the opposing counsel’s sanctions,with hopes that she will give up ; only to rise once again, after the Kenyan elites deliberately thrash out her appeals and efforts; and finally being celebrated as a mentor, a pioneer in  African feminism and a woman of many achievements.

Wangari Muta Maathia is a woman whose strength and determination has inspired me.