WAVE (Women As the Voice for the Environment)
UNEP’s Global Women’s Assembly on Environment

11-13 October 2004 | Nairobi, Kenya


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Highlights for Wednesday 13 October 2004


On the final morning of the WAVE meeting, participants went on three excursions: the Mathare Slum, to observe the Mathare Youth Sports Association; Muranga, to visit the Green Belt Movement (GBM); and the Ngong Hills, to observe the Simba Maasai Outreach Community.

Above photo:  WAVE participants were welcomed by the women from the Kikuyu tribe with traditional song and dance while visiting a GBM pilot project in the Muranga district.


Excursions: Mathare Slums


Members of the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), which was started in 1987 as a small self-help project to organize their own sport and slum clean-up activities. L-R: Jecton Obure, Peter Karanja, Franklin Shelimba, Elisha Abongó, Collins Omonchi, George Nange, Stephen Muchoki, Martin Magua,  and James Waithaka


WAVE visited children at a school in Mathare and donated text books.



Members of MYSA outside the community library established by MYSA in Mathare to provide a space for children to play, learn, and rest.   


WAVE participants visiting the Mathare slum, one of the biggest slums in Africa located in the outskirts of Nairobi. 


Simba Maasai Outreach Community: 


Maasai women, who support themselves selling beaded artwork and jewelry, welcome WAVE participants to Ngong Hills. Above photo: Bali Devi, Chipko Movement, India being welcomed by Maasai women. 


A WAVE participant and indigenous community member take part in planting trees, which will eventually provide shade while women work.



Green Belt Movement pilot project visit: 


Murithii Kaburi, Green Belt Movement (GBM),  showed WAVE participants progress made on its tree planting pilot project in the Muranga district.


Women of the Kikuyu tribe showing their baked goods.



Above photos: Tree planting session at the GBM pilot project in the Muranga District.

Closing Plenary: 



Above photo: Daphne Roxas, Philippine NGO Score Board,  made an intervention on "violence against women" during the plenary session on the Draft Manifesto.


Above photo: Irene Dankelman, Netherlands and Marie-Claire Cordonner Segger, Center for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) presided over the plenary session on the Draft Manifesto.



Above photo: Bakary Kante (UNEP)


Above photo: Beverly Miller and Olivier Deleuze (UNEP)



Above photos L-R: Dais during the closing plenary with Irene Dankelman, Netherlands; Olivier Deleuze, UNEP; Martha Karua, Minister of Water, Kenya and Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director




Above photos L-R: Martha Karua, Minister of Water, Kenya; Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director and Beth Mugo, Deputy Minister for Education Science and Technology 


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