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    Recognizing the positive role women can play in reducing gun violence, Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram is pioneering the micro-disarmament movement in India by involving and empowering women most affected by violence.

    Tobenna Nwagujiobi is restoring dignity to young people facing chronic unemployment and to farming, a profession that has been undervalued, and thus, underutilized by rural inhabitants as a means of solving many of their community’s challenges.

    Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization, wants to restructure the field of sanitation worldwide. Providing humanity with clean, safe and convenient toilets is a familiar goal, but it remains a distant one because of cultural taboos, poor funding and a lack of political will.

    Nureddin Amro is bringing visually impaired students to participate as equals in public school classrooms for the first time across the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories). In this way, he is driving up the level of empathy in these societies, and thus, better equipping them to embrace difference of all kinds.

    Mohammed Shahidul Haque, himself physically disabled, seeks to show Bangladesh that its policy of not allowing those like him to contribute works to the detriment of both the country - and the disabled.

    Minal Doshi is reversing the tragic national practice of neglecting children's disability to the point when it is too late for optimizing treatment and rehabilitation. She is opening new opportunities for disabled children and their families through multidimensional education on early diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation. Minal is addressing her pattern-changing education to all related professional groups and to high-risk families and caregivers.

    Shaka Robert is boosting rural economic development by developing a model of professional volunteerism that channels energy and ideas into eradicating poverty.

    Aware from personal experience of the failures of the Chilean school system in serving the needs of indigenous people and, more generally, in instilling respect for people of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, José Ancán is working to remedy these institutional deficiencies.

    Working in the impoverished regions of Sri Lanka’s arid interior, Karunawathie Menike supports women-led business ventures as an entry point to a larger process of social transformation.

    Shila Thapa is educating, empowering, and preparing parents of children with Down syndrome to care for and raise independent children that realize their full potential. Mothers, freed from guilt, become the capable caregivers and advocates for their own and others’ differently-abled children.