As a fellow Kenyan, I feel very proud and inspired by Wahu Kaara. As the Executive Director of the Kenya Debt Relief Network (Jubilee USA’s Kenyan Counterpart), Wahu Kaara has worked tirelessly as a fierce activist on behalf of those who suffer injustice. She’s an educator, mother, grandmother, social activist, debt relief campaigner and 2005 Nobel peace prize nominee, but the list of titles does not end there. In March, Newsweek magazine named her as one of Newsweek’s 150 Fearless Women joining Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and Liberian Nobel Peace prize activist, Leymah Gbowee.
“In our pursuit for Global Justice and creating a better world that will uphold our heritage, we have come a long way. Let us join and listen to the voices of the world. The people who make the world, those who toil, those who nurture, those who have continued to breathe life irrespective of the dispossession conditions they live in.” – Wahu Kaara, in her address to the 58th annual DPI/NGO conference in New York in 2005.
Wahu was the featured speaker during Jubilee USA’s Drop the Debt Tour in 2010, and keeps in close contact with Jubilee San Diego, where she pushes for debt cancellation to alleviate poverty in Africa. This year she is hoping to add one more title to her name: that of President of Kenya in this year’s upcoming election. Wahu Kaara is a fearless woman, indeed; one who is inspiring not only to women and young girls in Kenya, but around the world.