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Through community radio stations that focus on gender, the environment and sustainable development issues from women's perspectives, Nina Magalhães is creating new job and life opportunities for rural women in Brazil.
As a pioneer in the field of urban housing reform, Maria das Gracas “Graca” Xavier is mobilizing historically excluded groups to take charge of their housing needs, and in turn, advance their legal and political interests.
Jussara Gruber is helping the Ticuna indigenous people in Amazonas State to establish stronger identity and self-respect by organizing an ethnographic Museum reflecting the Ticuna's own priorities. The Museum she has established serves as an important tool for helping the Ticuna defend their culture and lands against predatory landowners and loggers, and as a broader instrument for indigenous people's resistance, values, and rights within Brazilian society.
Tashka Yawanawá works to restore the dignity and sense of identity of indigenous communities in Brazil through a series of cultural revitalization efforts and innovative business partnerships—proving that maintaining cultural integrity need not conflict with achieving economic prosperity.
Mass communication plays a key role in cementing cultural beliefs about gender and behaviors that may encourage discrimination. Jacira Melo founded the Instituto Patrícia Galvão to join together media and women’s rights organizations so that they could collaborate on issues of gender discrimination, violence towards women and strategies to counteract the male-dominant culture of Brazil.
Rosina Duarte is restoring the social power of journalism in Brazil. Building on her experience as a freelance consultant for social change organizations, Rosina promotes inclusion and strengthens civil society by helping poor youth gain a voice in the news media.
In the sertão "hinterlands" of northeastern Brazil, Francisco Alemberg de Souza Lima offers children dignified alternatives to exploitative labor by presenting opportunities in communications, media, and tourism. As a result, with their own creativity and enhanced education, the region's young people are leading their communities toward economic revitalization and cultural rebirth.
Merula Steagall has thalassemia—a rare hereditary blood disease—but has always led a normal life. Aware of the low quality of life for the majority of thalassemia patients in Brazil, she has used her knowledge of business to communicate with diverse partners about the democratization of access to health information and quality treatments. Through her work, Merula has doubled the life expectancy of patients, and is beginning to work on a broader range of blood diseases.
Abdülhalim is building a coalition to expose and prevent unfavorable health & safety conditions, occupational diseases and child labor in the Turkish textile sector by aligning interests of key stakeholders to cooperate in entrepreneurial advocacy efforts and by developing win-win solutions that make it possible to strike a balance between livelihoods and workers’ health and safety.
Barbara Muller is dedicated to the development bonding of primary caregivers to babies at risk, particularly during delivery and in the first few months of the newborn’s lives through two new ideas: Het Babyhuis (‘The Baby House’), offering a safe and supportive home to mother and newborn, and De Beschermde Wieg (‘The Protected Cradle’), a foundling room geared towards future reunification possibilities and support for mother and child.