Pamikatsih “Pikat” is leading people with disabilities in Indonesia towards economic independence through self employment. Once they become active in securing their livelihoods, she helps them work together to effectively lobby for their rights at the municipal level.
Emad Mubarak Abd El-Raheem is introducing the concept of academic freedom as a right in Egypt. Through his work with students, professors, administrative staff, the media, and citizen organizations, he is promoting academic freedom so it can be universally guaranteed in Egyptian universities.
By facilitating a transparent, citizen-led movement to link urban development and noise regulation, Sumaira Abdulali is spearheading a movement against the pervasive environmental hazard of noise pollution. Through her organization, Awaaz Foundation, she has successfully proven that noise pollution need not be a side effect of urbanization and economic progress. She is rallying citizens and...
Martín Abregú is carving out a new agenda and strategy for Latin American human rights organizations. This strategy shifts both the content and form of traditional human rights work in the region from reactive to proactive, from radical strikes against disappearances, physical torture and other military crimes to deliberate use of media, lobbying, consulting and litigation tools for the...
Ola Abú Al Ghaib empowers women with disabilities and guarantees their full integration in society through access, equity, and full participation.
Mohammed Abu Amerah is recreating the tightly knit social fabric of the Arab society, torn apart by rapid urban expansion and the consequent shift in focus from the community to self-interests. He is reviving the traditional and cultural concept of the old harra (neighborhood) and what it represents as a space for community participation, mutual respect, and protection for vulnerable groups....
Rinto Adriano is building citizen participation into the budgetary process of district and local governments. His work is particularly important now, as Indonesia devolves control from the national to the district level, opening an opportunity for productive citizen input around the issue of allocating public funds.
Kamel Al Asmar’s idea is to promote volunteerism in a structured and professional way in the Levant, encouraging youth to volunteer and create change in their communities. Through the use of a website, networking initiatives, and training citizen organizations on volunteer management, and an online assessment system, Kamel is strengthening the culture of volunteerism in the region.
Asserting long-standing but disregarded environmental protection legislation, Gustavo Alanis presents the Mexican citizen sector, government, industry, and everyday citizens with the tools and training to get involved, clean up, and protect the natural resources of Mexico.
Deep prejudice against people with HIV/AIDS in India leads to patterns of discrimination and maltreatment even in the hospitals they depend on for treatment and care. Dr. Glory Alexander resolves to end medical discrimination against HIV/AIDS patients by educating hospital staff and the patients themselves, using her successes as a lever to push for tolerance in all spheres of Indian life.
Khalid Alkhudair is enhancing the role of women in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf by carving out new professional work opportunities for women and leading the way towards the integration of Saudi women into the workforce.
Victor Ananias is raising awareness about the benefits of organic food, one part of his larger effort to encourage environmentally sound agriculture by increasing public awareness, changing consumer tastes, altering marketing and advertising strategies, improving farming practices, and reshaping community and business development in Turkey.