The international advocacy organization, Global Citizen, has announced the winners of the Global Citizen Prize: Citizen Award 2022 and Cisco Youth Leadership Award. These remarkable changemakers are recognized for their efforts to shape the world and the sustained impact they have created through their vital work fighting for social justice.
This year’s winners are: Anuscheh Amir-Khalili, activist and social entrepreneur, Flamingo eV (Germany); Barbie Izquierdo, Activist, Consultant and Community Empowerment Manager, Hunger Free America (USA); Brianna Fruean, Climate Activist, Pacific Climate Warriors (Samoa), Khanyisile Motsa, Founder and Director, Berea-Hillbrow Home of Hope (South Africa); Mitzy Violeta Cortés Guzmán, Defender of the Earth, Futuros Indígenas Network (Mexico); Payzee Mahmod, Child Marriage Survivor and Activist, IKWRO – Women’s Rights Organization (UK); Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, Enough is Enough (EiE), (Nigeria).
This year, the Global Citizen Prize 2022 was recognized in three categories: Defending the Planet, Overcoming Poverty and Demanding Equity, with a focus on climate change, empowering adolescent girls and removing systemic barriers to poverty. With 2-3 changemaker winners per category, winners will receive a one-year support program from Global Citizen, as well as a donation to their organization. The proud partners of the Global Citizen Prize 2022 are Cisco, Citi and P&G.
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The Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award was created by Cisco and Global Citizen, to celebrate an individual between the ages of 18 and 30 who has made a significant contribution to the goal of ending extreme poverty in their community, through his leadership, dedication and innovation. The winner will receive a substantial gift to their organization to enable its continued growth.
The winner of this year’s Cisco Youth Leadership Award is Nidhi Pant from India. Nidhi is a chemical engineer and co-founder of S4S Technologies, an on-farm food processing platform that converts agricultural waste into value-added products through the intervention of sustainable solar technology. The organization increases family incomes and empowers women to be climate champions and decision-makers by transforming women farmers into micro-entrepreneurs through access to app-enabled business linkages, solar technology, banking and financing, according to a press release from the organization. He said S4S Technologies works with more than 24,000 farmers and 800 women entrepreneurs to avoid waste of 40,000 tonnes of produce and save 37,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
“Solving the world’s most pressing problems will require the innovative and passionate efforts of young entrepreneurs like Nidhi, leading the next generation of global leaders who will help usher in a more inclusive and sustainable future,” said Fran Katsoudas, vice-president Executive Chairman and Chief People Officer, Policy & Purpose Officer of Cisco.
Liza Henshaw, President of Global Citizen, said, “Global Citizen is honored to recognize these remarkable changemakers who have the vision, foresight and perseverance to make meaningful strides towards building a better future through their essential work. Given the urgent need for innovative solutions to meet the challenges of defending the planet, overcoming poverty and demanding equity, we need individuals like our honorees who are ready to act immediately.
Famous winners will be honored at a prestigious, intimate private dinner, taking place on Sunday, May 22 at New York’s iconic Gotham Hall.