Honoree Program

Each year, the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards honors and celebrates women leaders around the world working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity and protect human rights.

Our investment in the Honorees does not begin and end with one night; it extends beyond, to an innovative and unparalleled initiative, the Global Leadership Awards Honoree Program.

The Honoree Program includes an intensive, week-long initiative – tailor-made for each Honoree – in which we provide the women leaders we honor with targeted training and capacity building to support their leadership and professional development.

We continue to partner with the Honorees to provide individualized investments, visibility opportunities and connections to bolster their platform, strengthen their goals and bring further credibility to their work.

Meet the 2018 Honorees

Kiran Bir Sethi | Founder & Director, The Riverside School and Founder, Design for Change , India

Light of Freedom Award |An educator who’s revolutionizing the school system in India by encouraging children to solve real-life challenges.





Esra’a Al Shafei | Founder & Director of Majal, Bahrain

Global Trailblazer | A Bahraini civil rights activist who’s created historic digital platforms for social justice advocacy.





Wirawan “Boom” Mosby | Founder, the HUG Project, Thailand

Human Rights Award | A rights advocate who’s advancing a new model of care for human trafficking survivors in Thailand.







Lina Khalifeh| Founder, SheFighter, Jordan

Economic Empowerment Award |An entrepreneur in the Middle East pioneering a movement for women to reclaim their power through self-defense.





Jamira Burley | Founder, GenYNot, USA

Leadership in Public Life Award |An American youth activist who engages millennials in social reform that transforms communities.






* Esra’a does not show her face due to concerns for personal safety

The light that you've shined on me tonight, let me turn it around, let me redirect it to the women who are yearning for change. When you see me, please see them.
Kakenya Ntaiya, 2008 Honoree