Inspiring Women series 2017

Theirworld celebrated International Women's Day in 2017 by talking to inspiring women from across the globe. Scroll down to see all the interviewees.

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is the United Arab Emirates’ Minister for Tolerance. She was previously Minister of International Cooperation and Development and was the first woman in the UAE to hold a ministerial position. Read her interview here.

Shanyn Ronis

Shanyn Ronis is the founder and Executive Director of E-Gap (Education Global Access Program), which trains teachers to deal with children affected by trauma. She was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Education list of 2017. Read her interview here.

Kim Ghattas

Kim Ghattas is a BBC journalist who is based in Washington, DC, and covers international affairs. Born in Beirut, her 15 years as a journalist has included writing about the Middle East and American foreign policy. Read her interview here.

Adekanla Adegoke

Adekanla Adegoke is the head of the Oando Foundation, the largest education-focused foundation in Nigeria dedicated to transforming the lives of over 400,000 children. 

Her career began with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and she has also worked with WaterAid Nigeria, the British Council and has been a consultant for USAID, EU-Micro Pilot Projects, CIDA, GTZ and Catholic Relief Services. Read her interview here.

Annie Namala

Annie Namala is the Executive Director of the Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion.

She has worked extensively in building community-based organisations, networking, training and advocacy.

Having worked for over 20 years in South India, she then shifted to New Delhi to engage in policy and advocacy work with bilateral and United Nations agencies particularly in the arena of child rights and the right to education. Read her interview here.

Reine Abbas

Reine Abbas is the Co-Founder, Partner and Head of Art Department at Wixel Studios.

She is a self-taught gamer, mother and advocate for girls and young women.

Having co-founded the first gaming company in Lebanon and one of the first across the Middle East, Reine continues to push boundaries and challenge the gender imbalance in the tech industry. Read her interview here.

Barbara Birungi

Barbara Birungi is the director of Hive Colab in Uganda. 

She is also the founder of Women In Technology Uganda, an organisation that seeks to train more women in the tech field through networking, training and mentoring. 

Barbara won the Anita Borg Change Agent award in 2014, an award that recognises outstanding international women who have created opportunities for girls and women in technology. Read her interview here.

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