Kenyan Social Justice Advocate Wahu Kaara To Speak
About Roots of Global Poverty April 13 at Carnegie Mellon
PITTSBURGH—Wahu Kaara, a leading advocate for social justice in Kenya, will deliver a lecture titled "Roots of Global Poverty" at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 in Hamburg Hall Room 1000 on Carnegie Mellon University's campus.
The talk will explore the economic and political systems that impoverish Africa and Latin America, and provide insight regarding how individuals can respond to this situation. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m.
Kaara, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and parliamentary candidate in Kenya's recent tumultuous elections, plans to run for president of Kenya in 2012. She has campaigned and written extensively on debt, aid, privatization and human rights.
In 2005, Kaara launched the Global Call to Action Against Poverty in partnership with Brazilian President Lula Ignacio d' Silva. She was a leader in the Africa and Kenya Social Forum councils that organized the inaugural World Social Forum in Nairobi in 2007. She also is a former ecumenical coordinator for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Kaara now serves as the executive director of the Kenya Debt Relief Network, an organization she helped found in 1999 that seeks to deepen the understanding and debate around economic policy, good governance and constitution-making at local levels, with a specific focus on how these issues impact women.
Kaara's lecture is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Division of Student Affairs, Office of the Vice Provost for Education and Young African Leaders Alliance in partnership with Jubilee USA Network, University of Pittsburgh's Drop the Debt Pittsburgh advocacy organization, United Steelworkers Local Union 3657 Women of Steel, United Electrical Workers and the Thomas Merton Center's Roots of Promise project.