Vital Voices teamed up with NowThis to host Nowthis NEXT – a virtual event celebrating women leaders reimagining our future.
Women leaders like the Global Leadership Awards Honorees, who are bringing their bold ideas to life to stop the climate crisis, end gender-based violence, fight racial bias in tech and change our world.
Learn more about this year’s honorees.
DOLLS CLAN: MAYKI GRAFF & SUAM FONSECA | Honduras
Human Rights Award |Honduras’ first group of feminist graffiti artists, Dolls Clan creates art and music that defy taboos, protest femicide and defend women’s reproductive rights. They sat down with actress and activist Maite Perroni at NowThis NEXT to discuss their work and the importance of using art for progress.
OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI | Nigeria
Leadership in Public Life |A globally acclaimed economic expert and pathbreaking advocate who leads and mobilizes movements that challenge corruption, extremism and violence against women and girls in Nigeria and beyond. Oby joined Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams at NowThis NEXT to talk about their vision for free and fair elections, and how citizens are the bedrock of democracy.
LEAH LIZARONDO | Philippines, United States
Economic Empowerment Award |A pioneering social entrepreneur who’s using technology to engage Americans in the fight to end hunger, eliminate food waste and combat climate change. Leah joined actress, producer and director Elizabeth Banks at NowThis NEXT to talk about her work mobilizing volunteers to connect people who need food with those who have it in excess.
JOY BUOLAMWINI | Ghana, United States
Power to Empower Award |A poet of code who uses art and research to illuminate the social implications of artificial intelligence. Joy sat down with New York Times Best-selling author Elaine Welteroth to talk about fighting racial bias in tech and AI, and reducing barriers for women of color in STEM to build a more equal society.
Social Justice Activist Jamira Burley joined Secretary Hillary Clinton to discuss voting, activism and the future of democracy.
412 Food Rescue Founder Leah Lizarondo spoke about combatting hunger with food waste during this conversation with actor Elizabeth Banks.
Digital activist Joy Buolamwini joined Elaine Welteroth to talk about fighting the injustice and racial bias that exists in technology.
At NowThis NEXT, we joined celebrities like Charlize Theron, Tracee Ellis Ross, Diane von Furstenberg and many more to shine a light on the Vital Voices YOU need to know. Learn more about those women and their work today.
Ileana Álvarez is a writer and journalist who created Cuba’s first digital feminist magazine called Alas Tensas — translated to Tense Wings. Alas Tensas is a platform for news, opinion, and testimonies from everyday women who’ve never had a public outlet to express themselves. Presented by Julianna Guill.
Activist and HERlead Fellow Chelsea Miller is the co-founder of Freedom March NYC – a youth-led civil rights organization that mobilizes and focuses youth energy on non-violent, strategic activism. Freedom March NYC trains organizers to advocate for policy reform, register voters, and center messaging around Black lives and Black futures. Presented by Jasmine Cephas Jones.
Leadership Incubator Fellow Ashlee Wisdom is the founder of Health in Her HUE, a digital platform that connects Black women to culturally competent healthcare providers, telehealth services, and resources that center Black women’s lived experiences. She’s reimagining Black women’s access to health — digitally — and improving real-life outcomes. Presented by Zoey Deutch.
VV100 woman leader Ariela Suster is a social entrepreneur who’s disrupting El Salvador’s pervasive gang culture by employing and training at-risk youth. She’s the founder of SEQUENCE — an accessory line that celebrates Latin America’s vibrant design, while providing a safe and supportive place for young people to chase their own ambition. Presented by Kate Bosworth.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Global Leadership Awards Honoree Nadia Murad survived and escaped ISIS capture. She now shares her harrowing story to ensure that no one must endure what she went through, and works through Nadia’s Initiative to hold world leaders accountable, rebuild communities in crisis, and advocate for survivors of sexual violence. Presented by Vital Voices Board Member Diane von Furstenberg.
Sonya Renee Taylor is the visionary author, poet, educator and activist behind The Body Is Not An Apology — an international movement that promotes radical self-love and body empowerment as tools for social justice and global transformation. Presented by Brandon Kyle Goodman.
Xiye Bastida, one of the 100 women leaders depicted in Vital Voices: 100 Women using their Power to Empower, is one of the trailblazing organizers behind Fridays for future – the youth climate movement that’s already galvanized 13,000,000 people in more than 7,000 cities around the world. Presented by Vital Voices Board Member Donna Langley.
Amina Swanepoel started Roots of Health, a reproductive health organization that provides educational and clinical services — free of charge — to women and young people in the Philippines. She’s working to overcome cultural barriers and right misinformation to empower young people to make healthy choices and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS. Presented by Charlize Theron.
VV100 woman leader Dr. Deqo Mohamed runs a hospital and refugee camp on her family farm outside Mogadishu. At the height of a violent civil war, nearly 90,000 Somalis called it home. Deqo continues to care for thousands, and is serving as a frontline care worker throughout COVID-19. Presented by Tracee Ellis Ross.