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Published on 09-02-2023, Last modified on 09-02-2023

Public Lecture Elizabeth Wathuti: Award Amnesty International Chair 2023

21/03/2023 @ 19:30:00
Theaterzaal, VierNulVier | Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent

Every year, Ghent University awards the Amnesty International Chair to an outstanding person who has made a significant contribution to human rights worldwide.

Elizabeth Wathuti is the 2023 laureate of the Amnesty International Chair. She is being honored by Ghent University for her prominent role as an environmental and climate activist. Wathuti will give a public lecture at the occasion of the award of the Amnesty International Chair on 21 March in Ghent. This is a unique opportunity to listen to this internationally acclaimed activist speak live!


Who is Elizabeth Wathuti?


Elizabeth Wathuti is a passionate environmental activist and young climate leader from Kenya. She is the founder of pioneering youth environmental and climate initiatives and has become one of the familiar faces of today’s climate generation. With “We are action!” as an infectious credo, she is a sought-after speaker at international meetings, including the UN climate summit. She was included last year by TIME Magazine in the list of 100 emerging leaders who will shape our future.



Attend the public lecture


Today, more than ever, we face some existential environmental challenges. But that’s no reason for climate defeatism, according to Elizabeth Wathuti. She explores how we can meet these challenges in her lecture “Caring for the Earth, Caring for Ourselves: Planetary Health for a Sustainable Future”.




19h00              Doors open

19h30              Welcome by Wies De Graeve, Director Amnesty International Section Flanders

19h40              Reflections by Jutte Dessein, student at Ghent University and climate activist, about the inspiring work of Elizabeth Wathuti

19h55              Award of the Amnesty International Chair and Medaille by Provicerector Freddy Mortier

20h00             Public Lecture by Elizabeth Wathuti ‘Caring for the Earth, Caring for Ourselves: Planetary Health for a Sustainable Future’

20h40             Q&A with the audience

21h00              Closing


Follow her lecture live at Kunstencentrum VIERNULVIER in Ghent on Tuesday, 21 March at 19:30. Admission is free, but reserve your seat in advance.

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The event will be in English.