Kenyan environmentalist and human rights activist, Wangari Maathai has died at the age of 71
Maathai was a trailblazer throughout her life. She was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree and in 2002 was elected to Kenya's parliament with 98 percent of the vote.
In 2004, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote sustainable development, democracy and peace.
Wangari was the first African woman to win the Nobel prize but followed previous winners from the continent such as Nelson Mandela.
Maathai was famed for her commitment to environmental causes. Here she confronts hired security guards in Kenya aiming to prevent her organization, the Green Belt Movement from planting trees