- Jaha Dukureh - Women’s Rights Activist & Anti-FGM Campaigner Jaha is described as the lightning rod for change in The Gambia.Women’s Rights Activist & Anti-FGM Campaigner
Jaha is described as the lightning rod for change in The Gambia. After being subjected to the practice of FGM, she was adamant to use her voice and raise awareness in The Gambia and globally, and has become the leading voice of a new generation of African women rising up to end FGM and child marriage. Jaha is the founder of Safe Hands for Girls, a survivor led organisation, whose grassroots programmes create awareness of FGM and other forms of violence against women through education, advocacy and youth-led campaigns. Its work led to FGM being banned in The Gambia in 2015. Jaha is currently focused on building an African women’s grassroot leaders’ network, The Big Sisters Movement, to end FGM and child marriage by 2030. Jaha leads by example to inspire women and girls to become leaders in creating a better future for their communities and countries.
- Farwiza Farhan - Environmental Activist Farwiza is one of the most fearless environmental activists of her generation.Environmental Activist
Farwiza is one of the most fearless environmental activists of her generation. Leading the fight to protect the Leuser ecosystem in Aceh, Indonesia, one of the last precious ecosystems in the world, where Sumatran orangutans, elephants, tigers and rhinos still roam side by side. Farwiza focuses on ground level species protection on the one hand and high level legal advocacy on the other. She built a grassroots community movement, that succeeded in advocating for law enforcement against palm oil companies that cause huge swathes of forest fires, as well as launching a citizen lawsuit to empower local communities to have meaningful involvement in policy making. The palm oil companies were subsequently fined US $26million and the plaintiff in the citizen lawsuits expanded to create new grassroots environmental defenders. Farwiza’s work through the Forest, Nature and Environment Aceh Foundation (Yayasan HAkA) has taken on big industry and governments in order to protect this land. Farwiza and her work in the Leuser ecosystem were also featured in Leonardo Dicaprio’s documentary ‘Before the Flood’.
- Abdalaziz Alhamza - Citizen Journalist & Human Rights Activist Abdalaziz is an award-winning Syrian journalist, human rights defender activist and IT trainer.Citizen Journalist & Human Rights Activist
Abdalaziz is an award-winning Syrian journalist, human rights defender activist and IT trainer. He is the founder and spokesperson of Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) which is a nonpartisan, independent organization that exposes the atrocities committed by the Syrian regime, ISIS & other groups in Syria. Abdalaziz started non-volatile protests and demonstrations against the Syrian regime in 2011 and was arrested by the regime three times in 2012. The Islamic State Group (ISIS) interrogated him more than one time about his activism. After ISIS took control of his hometown, Raqqa in January 2014, he escaped to Turkey and started RBSS with his friends to show the reality of life in Raqqa and ISIS. In 2015. The acclaimed documentary, “City of Ghosts”, follows the journey of Abdalaziz and his colleagues, highlighting the crux of freedom of expression and the challenges faced by Syrians in a war-torn country. Today Abdalaziz is a fellow at the New America foundation, The McCain Institute and the EastWest Institute.