Global Leadership Awards
As the founder of Rural Women Knowing All magazine and Secretary General of the Development Center for Rural Women, Xie Lihua is a powerful advocate for millions of rural women across China. Her commitment to women’s literacy began in the early 1990s on a trip to promote her new magazine. But the number of illiterate village women alarmed Xie, and spurred her to action.
She has since established a number of initiatives to educate these women and countless others like them: a migrant women’s club for city workers; a nonprofit school for rural women and girls, a domestic workers’ support network, and a rural women’s suicide prevention program. Through literacy training, gender awareness education and microcredit, she is empowering women with the tools they need to improve their lives.