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    Haidy Duque has created an integrated set of psychosocial interventions to help people who have been displaced by violence in Colombia to recuperate their lives, increase their self-esteem and reintegrate themselves into society through productive means. She has a special emphasis on working with African-Colombian communities.

    Amani El Tunsi is empowering women to overcome difficult life challenges by creating a safe space to talk about taboo subjects and providing women with the tools and resources to make life changes.

    Madhavi Kukreja is taking the lowest rung in Uttar Pradesh’s feudal system—lower-caste, Dalit women—and turning them into respected and influential “instruments of development” for the entire village. Madhvi’s key insight is using the promise of development to force the higher castes, especially men, to acknowledge and respect these women, thereby completely changing the power dynamics in UP’s patriarchal society.

    Noorjehan is organizing Muslim women in India for the first time to collectively overcome sociocultural limitations that prevent them from exercising their citizenship. By using rights of women under personal laws as a reference point, she is creating a national platform for women to play a critical role in influencing their future.

    Helena has designed a solution to educating Roma children and adults that impacts the entire area of race relations in the Czech Republic. Her innovative educational programs are unique and comprehensive and benefit both the Roma and non-Roma populations by improving mutual understanding and cooperation. This reinforces the values of an integrated and diverse society, new concepts for the democratizing Czech Republic.

    Through her organization Papinotas, or “Parent Notes,” Natalia Espinoza is transforming communication between schools and parents, incentivizing parents’ active participation in their child’s learning. By generating a closer relationship and trust between parents and schools, Natalia is ensuring a shared vision for learning and an environment where learning happens in and outside of the classroom.

    In the midst of a youth unemployment crisis, Esther is positioning young Nigerians to improve their employability through career guidance and volunteer experiences while still in school, in order to assist youth in realizing their ambitions and to secure employment after graduation.

    Tunde Fabunmi is reconciling the competing needs for human sustenance and environmental preservation by introducing beekeeping as a viable income-generation alternative to the environmentally and economically unsustainable practice of bee hunting and burning in rural communities.

    Agatha Thapa is a Nepali who taught primary and secondary grades in Lalitpur in the 1960s and early 1970s, and who has since founded two pre-primary schools and an organization that introduces, champions, and helps others take up pre-primary child care and educational reforms. Her focus is on poor mothers and their children.

    Anthropologist Jayaprakash Rao is using his advocacy skills to develop a citizen-based strategy for sustainable forest protection in India. His work towards an intelligent use of forests redefines the parameters of forest management and proposes new models of administration.