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 2017 Honorees

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah Of Jordan Global 

Global Trailblazer Award |  A humanitarian who uses her platform to advocate for education, improve the lives of women, children and refugees, and champion increased tolerance and compassion around the world.




Nadia Bushnaq | Founder & Executive Director of the Family Guidance and Awareness Center (FGAC), Jordan 

 Human Rights Award | An equal rights advocate from Jordan who offers refugees and local women and children access to justice and counseling. 




ElsaMarie D’Silva | Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity), India

Light of Freedom Award |  A digital gender activist who uses crowdmapping to expose harassment and respond to sexual violence in India.




Senior Chief Theresa Kachindamoto | Senior Chief of Dedza District, Malawi

Leadership in Public Life Award | A Malawian District Chief who is singlehandedly reversing harmful cultural practices that keep girls out of school.



Ariela Suster | Founder & Creative Director of SEQUENCE Apparel LLC, El Salvador

Economic Empowerment Award | A social entrepreneur who’s disrupting El Salvador’s gang culture by employing and educating at-risk youth.



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