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The 21st Annual Global Leadership Awards is back live and in-person on November 9 for the first time in three years to recognize women leaders who are stepping into their power and challenging the status quo 

WASHINGTON, D.C.—September 16, 2022—Vital Voices Global Partnership announced the 2022 honorees of its 21st Annual Global Leadership Awards at a special kick-off event on Thursday evening at the nonprofit’s headquarters for women’s leadership in downtown Washington, which also serves as a global embassy for women leaders.  

This year’s honorees comprise a list of global trailblazers spanning four continents. They are women leaders who are challenging the status quo, defying norms, and disrupting systems. They are leaders who have not waited for permission to act and, instead, have pulled their own seat up to the table, or created their own.

The Global Leadership Awards Honorees are:  

  • A Coalition of Women’s NGOs—Ukraine
    Five women-led Ukrainian NGOs will be honored for rising up as a collective to fend off the Russian invasion
  • Phumzile Van Damme—South Africa
    For risking it all by going up against the establishment and social media giants to fight against disinformation 
  • Monica Simpson—USA
    For advocating for reproductive justice rights for all women as a nonprofit leader and social justice activist.
  • Valdelice Veron—Brazil
    For fearlessly leading a life-threatening fight to defend her indigenous homeland and people against deforestation and development
     

“When we think about what the world needs right now, it is a daring approach to leading change—we can no longer accept the status quo. We need leaders with the conviction to create change, and courageous leadership that promotes justice, protects peace and speaks truth to power,” said Alyse Nelson, cofounder, president and CEO of Vital Voices.        

Former First Lady of the United States and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a cofounder of Vital Voices, is slated to deliver remarks at the event. Vital Voices board members Diane von Furstenberg and Bozoma Saint John will also be presenting.

The Global Leadership Awards will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This is the first time the awards ceremony will take place live and in person in three years.

About Vital Voices Global Partnership  


Now celebrating 25 years, Vital Voices Global Partnership has directly invested in more than 20,000 changemakers across 184 countries and territories since its inception in 1997. Driven by the universal truth that women are the key to progress in their communities and nations cannot move forward without women in leadership positions, Vital Voices has provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, U.S. Youth Poet Laureates, Prime Ministers, award-winning innovators, pioneering human rights defenders, and breakthrough social entrepreneurs, including Amanda Gorman, Malala Yousafzai, and more. In an effort to advance and expand this work, in 2022 Vital Voices opened the doors to the world’s first global embassy for women, the Vital Voices Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership—a first-of-its-kind space that allows for convening, innovation, planning, and action — all in the pursuit of tackling the world’s greatest challenges. Serving as a “venture catalyst,” Vital Voices identifies leaders with a daring vision for change and partners with them to make that vision a reality. It provides connections, increased capacity, a peer network, financial support, skills training, and increased visibility for their work, which ranges from gender-based violence and climate justice to economic inequities and political disempowerment, and more.