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    Luciana Zaffalon has developed a unique multisectoral approach to promote both the right to a public defender and fairness within Brazil’s criminal justice system. She combines judicial and legislative reform with powerful public outreach to promote rights-respecting practices in the media and amongst the Brazilian public.

    Roshaneh Zafar is pioneering the development of a women-centered and women-managed initiative that combines a micro-level lending and savings operation with related training and support activities at the community level. The formula is currently being tested and refined in two Pakistani villages and is expected to serve as a model for similar undertakings in other parts of the country.

    In an environment dominated by an emphasis on treatment to the exclusion of prevention, Dr. Mohamed Zaazoue is introducing a cultural shift in attitudes toward health and healthcare. He is creating a first of a kind system to deliver preventative health education directly to Egyptian children and their parents in ways that allow them to take charge of their own health.

    Nasser Youssef Nasr, 35, an agronomist from the small coastal state of Espírito Santo, is adapting an important discovery to Brazilian conditions and spreading it to Brazilian farmers. He's showing that by growing crops amidst mixed native groundcover and weeds, farmers can both limit pest damage without chemicals and multiply yields.

    Christie Young is introducing an alternative family farming movement which counters the prevailing industrialized agriculture. This enables succession and opens attractive farming opportunities for youth. She is also providing opportunities for members of the new immigrant populations from the cities to launch their own agri-business and see economic life-opportunities through modern and sustainable farming.

    Mel Young has dedicated over two decades to tackling homelessness in Scotland, in the UK and around the world. As serial entrepreneur, his most recent achievement is catalysing the global use of football as a means to engage and empower homeless people to change their lives, and successfully bridge them into a sphere of inclusion.

    Ubon Yoowah is building an alliance between rural farmers and urban consumers to fundamentally reform the contract farming system in Thailand. Through introducing regulatory oversight and standards for food safety by working with contract farmers, he is improving the health and well-being of producers and consumers across the country.

    Y.J. Rajendra educates and empowers slum dwellers in South India about how they can improve their living conditions, by developing skills in communication, organization, and use of media. He facilitates their struggle to join forces and lobby for change.

    David Yeung is seeking to mitigate the impact on the environment and climate change caused by vast consumption of beef, poultry and pork by offering consumers in Greater China and East Asia easy ways to reduce meat in their daily diet and shift to a more sustainable plant-based choice in diet.

    Rama and Padmanabha Rao are providing a viable and attractive solution to multigrade and multilevel learning common in rural areas of India. By bringing together parents, teachers, and children, they have developed a system for creating an effective learning environment supplemented with versatile educational materials.