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Winnie Byanyima, the executive director of Oxfam International has been named among 10 inspiring women women who are leading the global movement for climate action, sustainable business, and social change today.

With a decade’s long career in peace-building, championing women’s rights, and sustainable development, Oxfam International executive director Winnie Byanyima is an important voice in the global push towards gender equality, poverty relief, and fighting climate change.

Byanyima has helmed Oxfam International since 2013, and oversees the organisation’s work on humanitarian, equality, and justice-based campaigns.

Before that, she served as a diplomat and parliamentarian in her native Uganda, before founding a national NGO to support women’s participation in decision-making.

She also co-founded a 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance of civil society, international organisations, as well as headed a task-force considering the gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals.

“I feel that we’re part of challenging and changing times,” says Byanyima. “But I am also excited by all the new opportunities that civil society can seize to support poor people to claim their rights, and to finally escape poverty, hunger and injustice.”

Others are: Lise Kingo, executive director, United Nations Global Compact, Mary Robinson, president, Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice and May Boeve, executive director, 350.org

According to eco-business, the other global ladies are: Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Rachel Kyte, chief executive officer, Sustainable Energy for All and Terri Wills, chief executive officer, World Green Building Council executive director, Oxfam International

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