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Think social entrepreneurs, heads of foundations and aid agencies, corporate sustainability pioneers, public figures and elected officials. The women are at the forefront of creating the change our world desperately needs.
The US based Devex in partnership with McKinsey & Company undertook a study to come up with the 2017 Power with Purpose- an annual event that recognizes top five women impacting the world.
The five are: Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations, Ertharin Cousin,The Hunger Fighter and Executive Director, World Food Programme, Ashley Judd,The Humanitarian and Heroine, Political Activist & Actress , Ellen Johnson Sirleaf The Economic Navigator and President of Liberia and Winnie Byanyima, civil Society Champion and executive Director, Oxfam International
Devex — is a media platform and global development community for the $200 billion global development industry —that recognizes leadership recognition for the most influential women in our community.
Who is Winnie Byanyima?
Uganda’s first female aeronautics engineer to Oxfam’s first African executive director, Winnie is a trailblazer — relentlessly advocating for peace, equality and democratic governance.
A teenage refugee, Winnie escaped Idi Amin’s regime in 1976, but later returned to Uganda to serve in parliament where she was a signatory to the 1985 peace agreement.
She went on to pursue civil rights at the African Union Commission, as director of gender and development at UNDP, and as chair to a U.N. task force on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals.
Ms Byanyima served as Uganda’s ambassador to France from 1989 to 1994.
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She then served as a Member of Parliament for Mbarara Municipality from 1994 to 2004, before taking up the position of Director of Gender and Development at headquarters for the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
She served in that capacity until she was appointed as Director for the Gender Team in the Bureau for Development Policy at the United Nations Development Programme in November 2006.