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Kumi Naidoo

My name is Kumi Naidoo and I am the Executive Director of Greenpeace. I promise that in everything Greenpeace does, we will work to promote freedom of violence for women. When women are safer, our planet is safer. The two words that are critical to Greenpeace are “green”, protection of the environment and “peace”, promotion of peace, and it’s for that reason that we strongly make this promise. It is everyone’s job, men and women, but particularly men because we are the perpetrators of violence in the main, that we step up and take action. Please join me and Breakthrough’s One million men. One million promises campaign and please make your promise today as to what you will do to advance peace and security for women on our planet. Thank you.

More about Kumi:
Born in South Africa, Kumi Naidoo is the current executive director of Greenpeace. Naidoo became involved in South Africa’s liberation struggle at the age of 15, when he joined the Helping Hands Youth Organisation (an affiliate of the South African Youth Congress). He was forced to flee South Africa in 1987 after numerous arrests by the Apartheid government for his involvement in civil disobedience and mass mobilization. While in exile, Naidoo earned his doctorate at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, before returning the South Africa to work on the legalization of the African National Congress. He was the founding executive director of the South African National NGO Coalition, and has held several leadership positions on a wide range of education, development, and social justice initiatives, including the 1997 National Men’s March against Violence against Women and Children, the adult education NGO sector and as the official spokesperson for the 1994 Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). He remains a board member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development.

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