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    María is working in a sustained and responsible manner in the recognition, defense and realization of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the people with disabilities. Although their specific focus is on people with disabilities, their actions reach the population as a whole and are oriented towards making Paraguay a better place to live. As President of the Saraki Foundation, María works by helping to detect social problems and providing real solutions.

    Kara Bobroff is transforming education for Native American young people by building a school system that promotes academic excellence and holistic well-being through cultural and community connectedness, using a model that embraces and tailors itself to the diverse needs of diverse communities.

    Through an intergenerational support model, Alexandra is selecting young women with big changemaking potential and equipping them with the tools, mentorship, and networks needed to become leaders in their fields. Also, by having them serve as role models and mentors of younger girls from primary school, she is creating a social vaccine that prevents early marriage and child pregnancy, thus opening more pathways to these girls to actively participate in their education and furthermore in society.

    René transforms the prison system, from a repressive system to a system that provides opportunities. René considers the early reintegration and rehabilitation of women prisoners starting with the acquisition of skills to develop their lives independently and without relapsing, under a social business model for financial self-sustainability and productive reintegration while women serve their sentence, and ensuring sustenance after leaving prison.

    Gonzalo has created a new information-generating model to encourage a more informed public debate by influencing media outlets and policymakers worldwide to cover social issues in a new way. He helps society understand the reality of social challenges by ensuring that truthful information gets the relevance it deserves.

    Rev. Steve Miller is linking historically black colleges and universities with the black church to collect and share stories of the everyday impacts of racism in the U.S., and then leveraging these alliances and stories as a way to engage religious leaders of all races in addressing racial trauma and healing across their ministries.

    Huriye and her team are working with fisherwomen to disrupt the rooted gender roles in the Turkish aquaculture sector. Through trainings, education and advocacy, Huriye is alleviating the marginalization of women in the workforce, protecting coastal ecosystems and empowering women to be changemakers in their communities and their own lives.

    Molly Burhans is transforming the way the Catholic Church and other holders of large, non-contiguous lands are able to respond to climate change and its attendant crises, using new technology tools for informed environmental planning beyond the border of the nation-state.

    Lam Ho is changing the field of legal aid to make it more accessible and responsive to underserved communities and to strengthen its role as a vehicle for social justice.

    Incarcerated women in the US are particularly unwell and routinely denied access to quality healthcare in a system that was designed “by men, for men”. Through Ostara, Erica Gerrity transforms the experience of health education and prison birth and – in so doing – correctional facilities themselves.