Global Citizen Prize

Hero Award

Celebrating Activists Around the World
Who Inspire Us All to Take Action


Australia's Hero Award

Professor Brendan Crabb AC

Director & CEO, Burnet Institute

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.

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Canada's Hero Award

Yanique Brandford

Founder, Help A Girl Out

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.

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Germany's Hero Award

Anab Mohamud

Founder, Space2groW

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.

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Mexico' Hero Award

Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo

Founder, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda I.A.P.

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.

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Nigeria's Hero Award

Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi

Executive Director, Stand To End Rape Initiative (STER)

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.

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South Africa's Hero Award

Brenda Madumise-Pajibo, Onica N. Makwakwa, Pinky Mgobozi

Directors, The WISE Collective

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.

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UK's Hero Award

Fatima Ibrahim

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Green New Deal UK

Fatima Ibrahim is a climate activist and social justice campaigner. She is currently the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Green New Deal UK, a movement organizing for a new economy that centers people and planet. Much of her previous work has been spent campaigning and building solidarity with international movements. She has worked for global NGO Avaaz, EU citizens movement, and was one of the lead organizers of the People’s Climate March that brought millions onto the streets globally.

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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.



Demonstrated track record of measurable impact over the last year advancing one or more of the Global Goals.


Compelling vision and concrete plans for how to extend this work in the next 1-3 years.


Inspires others to have an impact on achieving one or more of the Global Goals.


Demonstrates the values and embodies the spirit of a Global Citizen and a Global Problem Solver.

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