Vital Voices is proud to congratulate Network Leader, Susana Muhamed on her appointment as Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development by Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro.
Muhamed is an environmental and climate activist. As the Former Director for Climate Action Planning for Latin America in C40, Susana worked with local governments to develop climate action plans according to the Paris Agreement. Susana was also the Secretary of Environment for Bogotá and has experience with grassroots communities and the private sector in sustainability.
She was a Fellow for the 2019-2020 VV Engage Cohort.
‘’Susana has been the green conscience of the VVEngage fellowship,” says Vital Voices Vice President of Issue Advocacy Manira Alva. ‘’ From the very beginning she has made the case for environmental impact to be considered in every policy. She spearheaded the effort to have Bogota declare a climate emergency and ran workshops for VVE fellows on the immediate necessity to address the degree change.’’
Listen to her Earth Day podcast with Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson about how coronavirus is forcing us to use less resources and think about the big changes & leadership we urgently need to help the environment now.
VVEngage is a Vital Voices signature fellowship supporting outstanding women political leaders making and influencing policy across the globe. Through this fully-funded fellowship, we aim to increase the capacity, decision-making power and effectiveness of women leaders in politics and government, shifting culture around women’s public leadership and moving towards equality in public representation globally. We also aim to work towards a more inclusive and equitable world by advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through policy.
Through this fellowship, Vital Voices advances women’s political leadership and the SDGs by conducting online and in-person trainings with experts such as women leaders from the Vital Voices Global Network and professors from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The fellowship also connects participants to a global network of peers and mentors, such as current and former female heads of state with the Council of Women World Leaders, with whom they can brainstorm and share challenges and best practices.