Empower Women Announces the 2016-2017 Champions for Change

UN Women's Empower Women is pleased to nominate the 2016-2017 Champions for Change, representing a diverse group of dynamic and enthusiastic women and men from the private sector, civil society, academia and national and international organizations from both developing and developed countries.  

The nomination of the 170 Champions is the result of a month long online rally with almost 4,000 applicants from all over the world. They campaigned and advocated for women’s economic empowerment by participating in several online activities on EmpowerWomen.org and on social media.  As part of the rally, the selected champions have contributed extraordinary stories and resources, and substantive inputs to various online initiatives.  

Over the next four months, the Champions will work in three groups: (1) Advocacy and Social Media; (2) Business Development and (3) Skills Development. They will serve as Empower Women advocates for women’s economic empowerment both online and in their local communities. They will be involved in a series of innovative initiatives such as expanding the Organizational Hub, piloting the Financial Literacy course, and participating in the #BreakTheGlass and #HERstory campaigns.   

Congratulations to:  

Adekemi Adeduntan Nigeria
Adenike  Adedeji  Nigeria
Aderemi Bamgboye Nigeria
Adina Laura Achim USA
Agata Zborowska United Kingdom 
Agnes Mgongo Tanzania 
Aisha Keita Gambia
Ajibola Mujidat Oladejo Nigeria
Akila Kadgathur India
Alaeddine Oueslati Tunisia
Amanda Chehrezad United States
Aminka Belvitt Canada
Ana Chkheidze Georgia
Anesu Mhlanga  South Africa
Angela Bakibinga Uganda
Anika Subah Ahmad Bangladesh
Anna Letitia Cook France
Annah Bengesai South Africa
Annemarie McDaniel USA
Antonella Kuzma  Croatia
Anuoluwapo Adelakum Nigeria
Anupriya Prakash  India
Aya Youssef Egypt
Bahar Aldanmaz USA
Betty Mbithi Kenya
Betul Yucel Turkey
Bianca Constantin Romania
Bongwong Justin Cameroon 
Cagla Balcik Netherlands
Carol Ajie Nigeria
Caroline Nyakeri Kenya
Cassandra Nadira Lee Singapore
Catherine Ruge Tanzania
Chiara Gonzi Italy
Claire McConnell Belgium
Clarindi Greef South Africa
Claudia Rivas Peru
Cynthia Etonge Cameroon
Danayi Musamirapanwe Zimbabwe
Daniel Kerber Germany
Deepa Pillai Singapore
Djemi Michele Cameroon 
Dominic Andrew Boima  Sierra Leone 
Dorcas Tiwaa Addai Ghana
Dorcas Tshuma South Africa
Doreen Anene Nigeria
Doris Mollel Tanzania
Ekaterina Burtseva Armenia
Ekaterina Porras Sivoloba Mexico
Elvira Atehwah Cameroon 
Emilia Ortiz Mulé Ecuador
Evelyn Ifeyinwa Ezeagu Nigeria
Ezinne Ikejianni Nigeria
Faith Ayegba Nigeria
Farai Masuwa Zimbabwe
Fernanda Moura  Brazil
Fifi Oduro-Nyarkoh Ghana
Florence Wairimu Kenya
Gaofengwe Kabubi Botswana
Gayoung (Sally) Kim Korea
Glory Lueong Cameroon
Glory Nthakomwa Malawi
Grace Pisirai Zimbabwe
Gratiyana Ningrat Indonesia
Guedany Figueiras Ayala Mexico
Hassan Mohamed Toziri Tanzania 
Hazem Essam  Egypt
Helen Fan USA
Ida Guetti Italy
Immaculata Anudu Nigeria
Isabella Muthoni Muriera Kenya
Isabelle de Laperouse USA
Jacqueline Salguero Huaman Peru
Jenny Clater USA
Jessica Foumena Cameroon 
Jessica Guadalupe Muñoz Muro Mexico
Jessyca Joyekurun Mauritius
Joel Odota Uganda
Josephine Adeti Kenya
Juliet Odhiambo Kenya
Karim Yousif Egypt
Kate Ekanem  Nigeria 
Kateryna Hrom Ukraine
Kayla Soren USA
Keithlin Caroo Saint Lucia
Kelebogile Ramokgopa South Africa
Kelvin Chukwuemeka Nigeria 
Kemisola Ajide Nigeria
Khadijah Ahmad Malik Pakistan
Leah Davidson USA
Lemona Chanda Canada
Lenka Vybíralová Czech Republic
Lilian Ifemeludike Nigeria
Lindiwe  Mlalazi Zimbabwe
Lucia Dalenz Uruguay
Luiz Bispo Brazil 
Luz Maria Utrera Argentina
Lydia Olanike Oladapo Nigeria
Mahwash Rehman Pakistan
Majesté Nkundimfura Rwanda
Manisha Kad India
Margret Balekire Chavula Malawi
Maria Pedro Belgium 
Mariam Negm Egypt
Marium Ullah Pakistan
Maryann Egwuonwu Nigeria
Michal Strahilevitz Ben Eliezer Myanmar
Mildred Kisiangani Kenya 
Mildret Kujinga  Zimbabwe
Mirabelle Abongwa Ethiopia
Miral Maarouf Egypt
Moreangels Mbizah Zimbabwe
Moureen Njule Esseme Cameroon 
Mwabi Moyo Malawi
Nasra Hassan Somalia
Natalie Magee Germany
Nina Corder USA
Nomzamo Gcwensa South Africa
Nuttah Mumbi Zambia
Nwanneka Okolo Nigeria
Nwasinachi Menkiti United States
Ogbeyalu Okoye Ireland
Oladimeji Abiodun Nigeria
Olivia Muza Zimbabwe
Oluwafunbi Alatise Nigeria
Oriana Mansur USA
Ozlem Alparslan Turkey
Paulina Enrriquez Dominguez Mexico
Peggy Tse China
Peony Chan Canada
Rathi Rajasekaran Malaysia
Rehab Ismail Egypt
Rejoice Shumba South Africa
Robert Legget United States
Rochelle R. Dean Bahamas
Roxana Damas USA
Rupande Mehta India
Sadick Lugendo Tanzania 
Samaa Ibrahim Egypt
Sara Hassan Pakistan
Sarah Hesterman United States
Sariaka Nantenaina Madagascar
Sharda Vishwanathan USA
Shweta Bhatia India
Shwetal Shah United Kingdom
Sibel Unal Turkey
Sira Camara  Senegal
Snezana Zivcevska-Stalpers Netherlands
Srishti Bakshi India
Swosthi Thapa Nepal 
Sylvana Bohrt Bolivia
Sylvia Paulot Madagascar
Taciana Mello  Brazil 
Taline Dekermenjian Lebanon
Teresa Almeida  United Kingdom
Theresa Muzondo Zimbabwe
Tim Immaculate Bih Cameroon
Tinuola Aina Nigeria
Tumelo Mogotsi Botswana
Uzoma Katchy Nigeria
Valentine Kamau Kenya
Vanessa Avila United States
Veronica Ngum Ndi Cameroon 
Veronica Portugal Mexico
Wanyana Racheal Uganda
Wilhemina Gaoses Namibia
Yvonne Akoth Kenya
Zanele Xaba South Africa
Zarina Qambarova Tajikistan

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  • hellen jos
    Feeling glad to know the empower women’s champions for change. My hearty congrats to all the winners. Could you please upload their photos? Hope this achievement will be an inspiration to all women. Keep updating more news regarding this. Thank you. switch from directv to dish network
  • caia domino
    I appreciate the women who have won the women championship award that titles champions for a change. Women should be motivated to participate in different empowerment programs and other online activities in order to make a change to the society.  www.armycalling.com
  • Hellen Rose
    I would like to congratulate all the winners who won this championship. I think this will be an inspiration to other participants also. Please provide the procedure to join this so that I can attend it next time. Thank you. cheap internet service for low income
  • jiya joseph
    My hearty congratulations to all the winners who won the championship. I appreciate them for the courage and determination that they had taken to participate in this competition. Hope this can help in improving the women empowerment of the society. http://clippingpathphotoediting.com
  • Congratulations to all Champions, I will appreciate it if any Champion from Nigeria can get in touch with me via my email georgeolushile@gmail.com to discuss an opportunity in empowering the women through an invention from South Africa for our water treatment, septic tanks treatment and mosquitoes treatment.
  • Kevin Goff
    This all so very amazing and much needed! Inspirational! Thank you to Ms. Anesu Mhlanga of South Africa for introducing me to this worthy and most noble cause! 
  • Mohammad Shariful Alam
    Welcome to all new Champions! Hope your contribution will bring a great change in women development. I specially welcome Anika Shoba Ahmed from Bangladesh being selected in 2016-17 as legacy of me 2015-16.
    www.disa4dev.org
  • Congratulations Catherine Ruge for representing our country and the family as well. Keep on keeping.
  • Esther Laly
    Congratulations to you Champs,Go and change the lives of women and girls around the world.Goodluck am here to support you.
  • Badejoko Fabamise
    Congratulations Champions, I wish you the very best throughout this journey. Be rest assured we are all in this together.
  • Glory Lueong
    Congratulations Champions. Together we will make a difference for women economic empowerment in our communities and around the world.
  • Sheila Crook
    Congratulations to all Champions on being selected to participate in the Empower Women Champion community for women's economic empowerment.

    You are embarking on an excitng journey that can both change your world and the world for women in your respective countires.  

    I extend a personal welcome to the Canadians  who have stepped up to make a difference, (Aminka Belvitt, Lemona Chanda and Peony Chan.) 


    50-50 by 2030!

    Sheila
  • Maveen Pereira
    Congratulations to our Champions! We are so proud of your achievements.  Wish you all the very best as we move into 2017!
  • Lolita Taub
    Congratulations ladies! Power on. 
  • Patricia Masocha
    Congratulations to all those who won!  Those who did not not will cheer you and help you in the sidelines, well done!
  • Badejoko Fabamise
    Dear All,

    Congratulations! Welcome to the world of inspiration and impactful change.
    All the best
  • Dr Ishrat Bano
    Dear All,

    Huge Congratulations!

    Your dedication, perseverance and enthusiasm is indeed inspiring. This recognition is surely deserved and
    will give you an opportunity to spread your wings.
    I wish you all great achievements in future!

    Shine on!
  • Roxana Damas
    Hi, Everyone! Thank you Empower Women for this amazing opportunity and platform. I am excited to get started and get to connect and share with this amazing global team of 170 leaders. Please add me on social media and let's stay in touch and make great things happen! 
  • Glory Nthakomwa
    Thank you empower women. I feel highly honored and super excited to be a part of this great team. I look forward to imparting change in the lives of many and I so look forward to working together with everyone on the platform. Together we can make the world not just habitable but a best place to be. Wish all of us well.
  • Evelyn Bisona Fonkem
    Congratulations to all the 2016/2017 champions.Empower Women will challenge you beyond your expectations and you will be able to meet a wide range of intrapreneurs and social makers that will create social lasting impacts in your professional career.Felicitation....proud of you all.
  • Kelvin Chukwuemeka
    Merci Beaucoup....Gracias.....Thank you!!!
  • Thank you so very much for this incredible honour. I can't wait to get to know the other Champions and get to work!! Thank you to the whole team at Empower Women! 
  • Dominic Boima
    Congrats everyone! Let us all stay together to Empower Women. 

    Cheers 
  • Hi Diana,

    I was not able to register for the webinar. I clicked the link below to register but it wasn't responding properly. Is there any way we can get a replay of the Webinar or the directions as to next steps. Thank you. 
    • Rochelle Dean
      Also missed the webinar & awaiting the replay.
    • Yes Nina,

      I'm sure there are others with similar experience and hopefully, it will be resolved.
      Cheers. 
    • Nina Corder
      I have the same situation and hopefully, we will be able to continue this journey strong:)
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  • Thank you very much UN Women Empower Women for recognizing my ability and giving me this chance of working with you hand in hand.
    I will work hard with highily accountability implementing UN Women goals with consideration of our country and African as a whole. Especially revealling and stop gender inequality and harshly mistreatment facing womens in our entiry premises.
      Iwill provide more thanks for this opportunity I ve won after being achieved my goals of keeping women in some extent in a safe place as we wishes thank you
  • Ana Chkheidze
    Feeling proud, excited and challenged at the same time! Wishing all the champions a successful and productive championship! I believe together we can make changes and impact our communities. Each and every participant of the rally who is passionate to contribute to the society is already a champion, don't stop and keep up the good work. Being an advocate for Women Economic Empowerment is a lifelong journey!
  • Uzoma Katchy
    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity .
  • Robert Michira Oichi
    Congratulations our New Champions! Sky is not the limit.
  • Diana Rusu
    Dear 2016-2017 Champions for Change,
     
    Congratulations once more! You did an amazing job during the rally and we are thrilled to have you on board! Please join our welcome webinar on 
    Tuesday 13 December 2016 from 9:00 am to 10:00 am EST.
     
    We would like to welcome you to the Empower Women team, and answer some of your initial questions about the next 4 months of the championship.
     
    Follow this link to confirm your participation and receive detailed information about joining the webinar:

    https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5617743935169502468. 
     
    We look forward to meeting you all!
     
    Warm regards,
     
    The Empower Women Team at UN Women
    • Nina Corder
      Hi Diana,

      I missed this opportunity to join the webinar. Will I be able to listen to the playback. Thank you
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  • Tinuola Aina
    Wow! Thank you so much UN Women Empower Women. It is indeed a privilege to be selected as a Champion for Change. I look forward to working closely with your team and making a tremendous impact in my community and country. 

    I know there is a whole lot to be done and I am braced up for it. 

    To all the 169 champions for change - felicitations! To the non selected, celebrated champions,  the march continues in empowering women all over the world.
  • Josephine Adeti
    Super excited to be selected!! looking forward to working towards women's economic empowerment
  • Yelena Maleyev
    Big congratulations to the new Champions!!! 
  • Guedany Figueiras Ayala
    OMG! thanks am so happy!!T

    Thanks Empower Women, Thanks to all the team.
  • Dorcas Tshuma
    This is awesome! Thanks Empower Women, Thanks to all. Yes Indeed empowered women are catalysts for multiplying development efforts & crucial to achieving a better future for all. Working together we can do more.

     
  • Karen Sneha Moawad
    An impressive list of Champions!  To each one of you, fasten your seatbelt.  This is going to be an inspiring and immersive ride!  But you will never forget the friends you will make, the incredible things you will learn, and the good in the world that you will accomplish.  The 2015-2016 Champions welcome you!  
  • Olivia Muza
    Congratulations to all Champions on the list and those not on the list. Not everyone can be chosen, but lets all continue to raise the banner and the flag all for WEE. 

    One love, one heart, one vision, one mission, one goal, one hope, one victory, ONE RESULT.

    WEE LET'S GO FOR IT!
  • Dr Rejoice Shumba
    What an honor to be selected. I am very excited and I look forward to doing more. Together we can and we will. I can't wait to engage with all of you.
  • Natty Ndate Loeschke
    Congrats to all champions! Let us keep the good work #Women Economic Empowerment Advocacy# #Gender Equality#
  • Oluwafunbi Alatise
    I thank EmpowerWomen Team for the tireless effort to bring us together. I am humbled in my spirit to emerge one of the 2016-2017 #EWChampion4Change. The task before us is more than being a #EWchampion4Cange but being #WEE change makers @ EmpowerWomen.
  • Betul Yucel
    Thank you so much for this journey ! Congrats to all champions!
     My special thanks to Empower Women team. You created an amazing platform and bring us together from all over the world! I'm really enthusiastic for next days. I believe we will contribute more:)
  • Bahar Aldanmaz
    Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity! I am super excited and ready to do more :) 
  • Zarina Qambarova
    Thanks to Empower Women Team. Congratulation to everyone. Its great opportunity for us to make change in our community. 
  • The greatest honor in my life! 

    Thanks for making me a great Changemaker for Women economic empowerment !
  • Great announcement!

    Splendid! Thanks profoundly to a Great Team;
    it felt like World Gold medal proudly won & worn.

    My eternal gratitude!
    Looking forward to further activities on the thematic area.

  • Sibel Unal
    Thanks to Empower Women team! Very excited to be a part of this community.
  • My heartfelt thank you to the Empower Women platform and looking forward to doing great work with you all.
  • Maryann Nwanneka Egwuonwu
     My sincere appreciation goes to the Empower Women team for providing such a platform for us to come together from all parts of the world to share our ideas, stories and resources. I feel greatly honoured to be selected as a global champion for change and to those of us not selected, we are still champions and let us keep up the good work. 

     

  • Majesté Nkundimfura
    Can't explain how much I'm honored to be a global champion for change this round!
    Many thanks to empower women for giving us this great opportunity after the rally month.
    I'm just looking forward to connect and work with this amazing team of other champions towards women's economic empowerment and gender equality online and offline.
  • Thank you so much for this opportunity. I have learned so much from the rally itself and I am hoping to learn and connect with more people and learn even more throughout my champioship. I do not take my duty as a Champion lightly! I am thoroughly honoured by this choice! And for those of you who were not selected, you do not need a title to be a Champion for Change! I was planning on engaging in activities without the title as well :) But I am very very grateful to be working with UN Women's Empower Women. 
  • Lenka Vybíralová
    Thank you Empower Women for giving us this opportunity, I´m extremely honored and cannot wait to collaborate with all of you!
    Big congratulations to the fellow Champions and for those who were not selected, do not stop striving and changing your communities for better with your will, passion and talent!
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  • Vanessa Avila
    I'm incredibly thankful to Empower Women for allowing us this platform to engage and share articles, resources and ideas. I'm so honored to serve, alongside these remarkable men and women, as a #EWChampions4change. It is a true honor, that I hold in the highest regard. I know that together we can create indelible impact and bring awareness to the areas around women's economic empowerment. It is truly incumbent upon us to do our part, because 'if not us, then who? If not know, then when?' 
     
    Also, I would be remiss if I didn't thank the incredible team that worked tirelessly behind the scenes to mobilize us around the campaigns and address any question or comment we provided. Their work did not go unnoticed! We appreciate you!
     
    Thank you!
  • Thank you for this opportunity.
    Congratulations everyone!
  • Keithlin Caroo
    My greatest appreciation goes out to Empower Women and to all those apart of this initiative. I'm truly humbled to receive this honor and I wish to congratulate the other selected Champions. To my other comrades who were not selected let's keep up the good work we have been doing for this cause, we are all the face of Women's Economic Empowerment.
  • Roxana Damas
    Thank you Empower Women! I am so grateful and I am looking forward to our great work together.
  • Moureen Njule Eseme
    Thank you Empower Women! I feel so privileged. Congratulations to all the nominated Champions.
  • Agnes Frederick Mgongo
    Thanks a lot, it's wonderful day my Birthday and champion....
  • Congratulations champions! I have learnt a lot to be a part of this rally, for those selected I wish you all the best
  • I'm very humbled to be part of this . Thank you  and congratulations to all other champions. To those who were not selected, we are all champions at the end of the day . 
  • Valentine Kamau
    Thank you for the selection 

    Congratulations fellow champions!
  • EVELYN IFEYINWA EZEAGU
    I am excited to be part of this! Highly honored.  
  • Chukwugozie Onor
    Congratulations champions!!!!
    Keep the flag flying
    #Empowerwomen
  • veronica portugal
    I feel so honored
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