With all of the messages of empowerment across the globe in honor of International Women’s Day , the team here at Green Generation Initiative, thought about the women who inspire us –whether they’re public figures with larger-than-life accomplishments and accolades, or the incredible women in our personal lives who encourage and motivate us every day.In their honor, we’ve created some messages featuring these amazing women and the qualities that make them so inspirational, as well as some personal anecdotes of why they deserve to be recognized. So, here’s to women past, present and future, may we continue to empower and support each other today and always.

      Liz Mazingira- Inspired by the Late Nobel Laureate, Professor Wangari Maathai. In a world where most people are seemingly more concerned with material possessions and their own lives than the condition of the world and the hardships that others have to endure, Professor, Wangari Muta Maathai used her hands and heart to sow seeds for a greener and more community-minded Africa, confident that the message will spread. She spent most of her life planting trees and promoting movements designed to make people aware of how important it is to take care of the planet, starting by simply being conscious about the environment within their own communities.Even though Maathai changed the world for many Africans through her hard work and dedication, she was very conscious of the fact that she could save the environment alone. No matter where you live or what age you are, you, too, can make a difference. All it takes is an idea or the desire to change something and the drive to make it happen.

            Monicah Njuki- Inspired by my mother; Eunice Nyaga. My mother has always been the most influential woman in my life. Not every girl can say that and I wish they could. I tell people stories about my mom and I and they always tell me how lucky I am, and I know I am. This woman has given me the most strength anyone could possibly every give me. From break ups, to make ups, from gossip to heart-to-hearts, from the perspective of the entire world to a grain of sand, she has given me the greatest advice, has taught me the greatest lessons, and has never, ever left my side.

         Macharia Anne – Inspired by every Woman/Girl.     It is rightly said that “Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women, who have her back.” I also owe whatever I am today to great women who have influenced my life and shaped my life, some very close to me, some afar; some very unknown to the world but close to my heart, and some very known and renowned figures inspiring by their life from afar. Each of you has taught me something different. I love that God calls us into community as we do. He allows each of us to meet beautiful and wise souls to commune together. God has this system down. All of you hold a special piece of my heart, life would be boring without you, and I couldn’t be more grateful for all that you do. As much as I do “on my own,” I know I am never truly alone as long as I have you all. Happy International Women’s day!

           Elizabeth Wanjiko – Inspired by Jane Goodall. Jane, of England origin, is well-known for her love of chimpanzees and her extensive years of field research on the species. In July 1960, she traveled from England to Tanzania and set out to discover the secrets of the chimpanzee species. Her unconventional approach to her research transformed relationships between humans and animals where she established Jane Goodall’s roots & shoots to empower youths of all ages to mobilize their peers and pursue their passion in animal welfare conservation.

        Abigael Kima – Inspired by my mother. My mum is truly the best person I know, I don’t know where or who I would be without you. She has have given me more than enough wonderful memories to replace all of the bad ones. She is the strength I never had and the reason that I know what a mother’s love feels like. Mom, thank you for being here when you didn’t have to, and for everything you do for me. You are exactly what I envision to be and I couldn’t imagine a good life without you in it.

         Perpetual Wanjiku- Inspired by Maya Angelou. What a beautiful recommendation has been given by one of the most remarkable author of all times, Maya Angelou. She is one of the authors who has inspired me so much. I love the fact that she has managed to deal with all of the obstacles she went through in her life. Maya had raised her voice to explore some of the most sensitive and conscious subjects of society including rape and provocation of women.

          Prudence Wanjiru Kamori- Inspired by Mother Teresa, famously known for her great acts of charity and compassion towards the needy, also insisted on the importance of each and everyone in this world and that no act is little as derived from her quote that “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but if that drop were not there, I think the ocean would be less by that missing drop.” Moreover her quote that “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow has not yet come, we have only today, let us begin” really stresses on the ability to better our lives and those of others Today.

       Caroline Nyambura Kariuk- – Inspired by Oprah Winfrey. She is an inspiration to me because she embodies the ambitious, self-driven woman that I aspire to become. She has broken down the barriers of a male dominated industry and paved the way for other women to follow in her footsteps. Oprah uses her status as a platform to highlight global issues such as poverty and child abuse. Through her charity organization she has donated millions of dollars to provide help for people in countries across the globe.

                                Milly Kiburi – inspired by my Mother.   For me, my inspiration comes from a more personal place. My female inspiration is my amazing mom. My mom continuously brings an abundance of joy to my life and strives to maintain a positive energy that clearly radiates in all that she does. She always has a smile on her face and this just proves how sincerely she cherishes each day. Thank you mom, for being my best friend and the one I can rely on each and every day. You have a heart of gold and I couldn’t be luckier to have you as a role model. I love you endlessly.

                           Gloria Yego- Inspired by My Mother.           Super humans, we read about them, watch them and admire them in the virtual world – but I live with a superhuman. She is my mother. Whenever I look at my mother I see an ordinary person but when I think about what she does and how she does it she becomes divine and the reason of my smile! The experience of my life so far has truly brought things into perspective. My mother has taught me that hard times can be overcome and that losing battles can be won. She has taught me more than I could have learnt from any book. She sets an inspirational example to me teaching me how to live life and make wise choices, even in the most uncertain situations.

             Mungai Janet Wambui – Inspired by the late prof. Wangari Maathai. Her passion for the environment just wows me.The struggles that she went through during her fight for the restoration and protection of forests offer a great inspiration to me as an environmentalist.

Happy International women’s day! from the GGI family.

 

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