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‘I was inspired by a traditional African tool that has three legs and a basin to sit on.To me the three legs represent three critical pillars of just and stable societies.

The first leg stands for democratic space, where rights are respected;

Whether they are human rights, women’s rights, children’s rights, or environmental rights.

The second represents sustainable and equitable management and resources.

And the third stands for cultures of peace that are deliberately cultivated within communities and nations. The basin, or seat, represents society and its prospects for development. Unless all three legs are in place, supporting the seat, no society can thrive. Neither can its citizens develop their skills and creativity.

When one leg is missing, the seat is unstable; when two legs are missing, it is impossible to keep any state alive;

And when no legs are available, the state is as good as a failed state.

No development can take place in such a state either.

Instead, conflict ensues.’

 

Wangari Maathai

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