Five women who are really changing the world. Through their action, they are tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. Through their attitudes and words, they are illuminating the path for others.
Devex, the media platform for the global development community, has announced yesterday the names of the five women leading their 2016 Power with Purpose list, a leadership recognition for the most influential women.
I would like to present them here, each of them through some of their inspiring words :
Purpose is to have a guiding star, a very clear North, that brings together everything that you do in life. Never work unless you’re passionate about it, do not compromise your passion.
Christiana Figueres, a Costa Rican diplomat, is the woman behind the Paris Climate Conference agreement.
Embracing the gentleness that comes with being a woman is actually even more powerful.
Eleni Gabre-Madhin, an Ethiopian economist, created the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), a tool that allows Ethiopian farmers to be linked to the global economy and get a fair price for their crops.
Brace for change, and when change comes, grab it ! It is an opportunity, even if it is a little scary. Go with it !
Kristalina Georgieva is a Bulgarian economist who is now European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, who has dedicated her life to tackle humanitarian crisis trough the world.
You need to have focus to to whatever it is you want to do, and to have clarity.
Fayeeza Naqvi is a Pakistani philanthropist, co-founder of the Aman Foundation, who launched the AmanAmbulance Service in Karachi, to ensure timely and high quality ambulance services in a city where fifteen percent of severely injured children used to die en route to medical facilities.
Keep trying to make a difference ! Whatever happens to you, you know you went down fighting !
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Nigerian economist who fought corruption and poverty as Nigeria’s finance minister, and now fights for the 19 millions children still in need of vaccines.
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