Earth Watch: Njoki Njoroge Njehu from the World Social Forum

This week’s Sojourner Truth Radio Earth Watch guest is Njoki Njoroge Njehu of Kenya, who spoke live from the World Social Forum in Montreal.

 

The Earth Watch segment begins at about the 16:09 point on the second track below.

Njoki Njoroge Njehũ learned her first lessons on activism and advocacy from her mother, Lilian Njehũ, a community and church-based activist who continues to inspire her to fight for justice.

Ms. Njehũ cut her organizing teeth under the tutelage of Prof. Wangari Maathai in the 1980s in the lead up to the July 1985 UN Decade for Women Conference held in Nairobi as the Green Belt Movement mobilized its grassroots members to participate.

A committed grassroots organizer, ecological activist, and women’s advocate, Ms. Njehũ speaks on social and economic justice issues, such as international debt & trade, climate & gender justice, and environmental justice.

She is a founder & Executive Director of Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center, an independent non-ethnic, non-partisan Nairobi-based network focusing on food sovereignty, gender rights, and mentoring young people. Previously, Ms. Njehũ served as Director of the 50 Years Is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice and before that worked for Greenpeace International. She has testified three (3) times before the U.S. Congress, on debt, HIV/AIDS and other crises facing Africa.

She is a Board member of the Urgent Action Fund (UAF) Africa, a member of the National Government Constituency Development Fund Committee (NG-CDFC) for Kabete Constituency, and serves on the Senior Advisory Board of the Wangari Maathai Foundation. She is a founding member of the International Council of the World Social Forum (WSF) and the African Social Forum Council

Ms. Njehũ has been profiled in Time Magazine, The Daily Nation (Kenya), The Financial Times (U.K), The New York Times, The Sankei Shimbun (Japan), The Washington Post, The Nation Magazine, Ode Magazine (Netherlands), and on KBC TV (Kenya); and widely quoted by both print and broadcast media.

She received a B.A. in Third World Studies from William Smith College (Geneva, NY) and studied for a Masters of Professional Studies in Communications from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY).

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