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SDG16+
CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

#SDG16Plus

Champions of Change is an initiative started by the Pathfinders to highlight advocates who are making an impact in their communities, helping to create peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG16+). 
 

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The Brazilian advocate fighting for Black women’s inclusion and rights

An interview with Brazilian activist, Valdecir Nascimento.

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A brasileira na luta pela inclusão e direitos das mulheres negras

Entrevista com a ativista brasileira Valdecir Nascimento.

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An SDG16+ Champions of Change interview with Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

An interview with Jo-Ann Wallace, President and CEO of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA)

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The advocate catalyzing global action on migration at a local level

An interview with Vittoria Zanuso, Executive Director of the Mayors Migration Council.

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The advocate advancing gender equality through land rights

An interview with Shipra Deo, Landsea

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The advocate fighting poverty by leveraging technology

An interview with Zain Ashraf, Seed Out, Pakistan.

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The activist building a movement to end violence against children

An interview with Dr. Howard Taylor, Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

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The young women delivering justice solutions to women and girls in Nigeria

An interview with Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi, founder of the Stand to End Rape Initiative (STER).

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The scholars enabling inclusive local decision-making in Tunisia

An interview with Jasmine Foundation founders, Ms. Intissar Kherigi and Dr. Tasnim Chirchi.

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The Scottish lawyers keeping siblings connected

An interview with Alison Reid, Chief Executive and principal solicitor of Clan Childlaw.

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The youth leaders combatting poverty and exclusion from within

An interview with Emilia García-Arteaga Molinar of TECHO (or Un Techo para mi País — UTPMP).

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The advocate championing citizen action and organizing to enable change

An interview with Lysa John, Secretary General of CIVICUS.

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The South African statisticians advancing access to civil justice

An interview with Solly Molayi, Statistician and Director in the Social Statistics Chief Directorate at Statistics South Africa.

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The business leader driving justice for all from the inside

An interview with VP of Human Resources at The Body Shop, North America, Trish Patton.

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The Kenyan activist building peace through storytelling

An interview with Kenyan activist, Wevyn Muganda.

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The lawyer working with businesses to transform justice systems

An interview with Celia Ouellette, founder and CEO of the Responsible Business Initiative for Justice (RBIJ).

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The advocate working to enable and empower women peacemakers

An interview with Ariane Kaze, President of Women United for Peace in the Great Lakes Region.

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The mayor working with her community to stop violence

An interview with Clara Luz Flores, Mayor of Escobedo, Mexico.

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La alcaldesa que trabaja con su comunidad para poner fin a la violencia

Una entrevista con Clara Luz Flores, Alcaldesa de Escobedo, México.

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The footballer using sport to advance peace

An interview with Kashif Siddiqi.

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The lawyer inspiring action to end social and racial injustice

An interview with Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.

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The Somali soldier fighting for gender equality

An interview with Lt. Col. Iman Elman.

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The peace activist fighting for women’s rights in Somalia

An interview with Ilwad Elman.

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The Kenyan activist using art as vehicle for change

An interview with Boniface Mwangi, an award-winning Kenyan photographer and founder of Pawa254.

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The Ugandan activist fighting for LGBTQI rights

An interview with Kasha Nabagesera, Executive Director of Kuchu Times Media Group.

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The activist working to build a peaceful world

An interview with Dr. Priscilla Elworthy, founder of the Oxford Research Group, Peace Direct, and The Business Plan for Peace.

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The native health partners ensuring justice for people in Alaska

An interview with Nikole Nelson, Executive Director of Alaska Legal Services.

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The Ghanian youth advocate championing the SDGs

An interview with Emmanuel Ametepey, Executive Director of Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG) and a Convener of the African Youth Summit.

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The Lebanese teacher fighting to end violence against women

An interview with Ghida Anani, founder and Director of ABAAD – Resource Center for Gender Equality.

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The high-level advocate fighting to end violence against children

An interview with Najat Maala M’jid, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children.

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The Bangladeshi judge who protected people in the justice system from COVID-19

An interview with Justice Imman Ali, a judge in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.

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The Canadian poverty law clinic that kept putting people first during a pandemic

An interview with Michele Leering, Executive Director of the Community Advocacy & Legal Centre (CALC).

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The advocates with a simple message: "Poverty is not a crime"

An interview with justice champion of change, Clinton Washington of the Bronx Freedom Fund.

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How improving justice for children in Georgia led to lower reoffending rates

An interview with Zurab Sanikidze, Chairman of the Public Service Development Agency, Georgia Ministry of Justice.

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The mediators promoting justice for all in Nigerian courts

An interview with Director Adeyinka Aroyewun and Deputy Director Achere Cole of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse.

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How harnessing the power of the media achieved a justice transformation

An interview with Lurdes Barbosa Cárdenas.

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The entrepreneur who is disrupting the legal market

An interview with LegalZoom co-founder, Eddie Hartman.

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The advocate fighting for legal empowerment in U.S. prisons

An interview with Jhody Polk.

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The lawyer who ran out of sabr (patience)

An interview with Salma Zeb, Legal Aid Officer for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan.

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How one change-maker orchestrated sweeping justice system reforms in Dubai

An interview with Mark Beer, president of the International Association for Court Administrators.