Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga

Gracia has always been interested in working with vulnerable populations, but it wasn’t until she contracted HIV during her anthropology studies that HIV/AIDS advocacy became her passion. At that time, there was no support for HIV+ Bolivians. As she says, she knew she could “sit there and wait for death to come or do something.” …

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Harish Sadani

Harish is among India’s leading gender rights activists. A social worker by training, he has been working tirelessly for over the past 26 years to educate men about improving women’s sexual and reproductive health. Harish co-founded MAVA – Men Against Violence and Abuse – in 1993 to prevent gender-based violence of women and to engage …

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Mmaki Jantjies

Mmaki conducts education technology research focused on increasing STEM education across the African continent through mobile technology. As one of the first black, female South Africans to complete a PhD in Computer Science, Mmaki strives to make STEM education more readily available to others. She’s created a digital application that allows children to translate STEM …

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John Lazame Tindanbil

John Lazame Tindanbil is a trained nurse and a public health practitioner working to provide quality reproductive healthcare, including safe abortion services, across Ghana. Through MABIA-Ghana, John provides sexual and reproductive health and rights education to women and girls and ensures that two midwifery training colleges teach new midwives to perform safe abortion services. As …

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Cedric Habiyaremye

Cedric is known as the scientist who brought quinoa to Rwanda and other parts of Africa. Unlike most crops that provide no food before harvest, quinoa addresses both short- and long-term food security because growers can eat the nutritious leaves long before harvesting the grain. Cedric’s passion for food security comes from painful childhood memories …

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