Global Citizen Prize
Celebrating Activists Around the World
Who Inspire Us All to Take Action
SEE BY COUNTRY
Prof. Brendan Crabb AC is an Australian infectious disease researcher with a special interest in addressing barriers to maternal, newborn, and child health in the developing world. Crabb’s work has accelerated the Burnet Institute’s mission to improve the health of poor and vulnerable communities through research, education, and public health. In 2020 he has fiercely advocated for a research-driven response to combat significant health issues across the region, including COVID-19.
Yanique Brandford is the founder of Help A Girl Out, a nonprofit that seeks to bring about equal and dignified periods to females, free of shame and stigma. Having struggled with period poverty growing up in the Caribbean, and even now as a low-income student, she uses her experiences as a driving force behind her passion to eliminate the need for girls to use undignified means during their menstrual cycle. She is a physicist, artist, entrepreneur, and a tutor to the teenagers at her church.
In 2017, Anab Mohamud launched the Space2groW project. The idea came to her as she was working as a psychosocial trainer in refugee centers in Germany after fleeing from Somalia. She realized that there are barriers between women refugees and the German health care system, largely due to their background and their beliefs, especially when it comes to the topic of family planning.
Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo began a conservation movement in the rural mountains of central Mexico by involving the local communities, government authorities, and by inspiring others with a holistic and inclusive approach. Environmental education, solid waste management, microenterprise development, regenerative practices in forests and farmlands, and conservation financing go hand in hand. These nature-based solutions are carried out in concert with an alliance of local grassroots organizations to improve ecosystem capacity and value natural capital in favor of landowners and communities.
For the past six years as a gender equality advocate, Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi has supported advocacy initiatives and deployed effective solutions to challenge systemic barriers that promote violence against women and girls. As a sexual violence survivor, Oluwaseun founded Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER), a foremost Nigerian social justice organization that has provided holistic psycho-social support to over 550 survivors and works with communities to generate sustainable homegrown solutions.
The WISE Collective is an advocacy organization and social enterprise initiated by African women whose sole purpose is to bring innovative solutions to the market that will prevent and address challenges in advancing women’s safety from gender-based violence and overall oppression. They are unapologetic feminists, determined to transform society through sustainable innovative solutions with a deep commitment to social causes. The WISE Collective founders are inspired by their determination to bring an end to gender-based violence and advance innovative solutions for empowering women.
The Country Hero Award category celebrates individuals around the world who have shown exceptional commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and championing the most vulnerable. The award will be presented in Canada, UK, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia, and Mexico.