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.
Each year, Vital Voices the Global Leadership Awards, honoring women leaders at the frontlines of change at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
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.
NADIA MURAD | Iraq
Global Trailblazer Award | A Yazidi human rights activist who galvanizes global attention and support for survivors of genocide and sexual violence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
SPECIAL EDITION VANGUARD AWARD HONOREES