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2021 Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards

The Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards are an annual recognition of remarkable individuals taking action to help achieve the Global Goals by 2030.


Learn more about the work of these three champions in conversation with our Goalkeepers lead, Blessing Omakwu and co-chair, Melinda French Gates. In this special interview, Melinda makes a surprise appearance to ask questions and thank our award winners for the work they do that continues to inspire peers and world leaders alike.

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Phumzile  Mlambo- Ngcuka 

Watch Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in conversation with Tumelo Mothotoane and co-chair Melinda French Gates. Learn more about Phumzile’s unapologetic advocacy for gender equality and her work to elevate civil societies during the pandemic.

2021 Goalkeepers Global Goals Award Winners

Progress Award


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In 2015, Jenifer Colpas came face-to-face with the water crisis while volunteering in rural areas of Colombia. Jenifer is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tierra Grata, a social enterprise that develops low-cost, easy-to-install solutions providing access to clean energy, safe water, and sanitation to rural communities in Colombia.


“I'm understanding my country in practice, not just reading something on the news,” she says. To date, her team has managed to reach about 10,000 people through tangible health and hygiene improvements to rural areas in Colombia. Access to private toilets also means that women and girls are protected from sexual harassment and health problems brought on by contaminated water sources. Together, this empowers families to make safe and sustainable choices.

Campaign Award


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Satta is the founder and executive director of Action for Justice and Human Rights (AJHR) — a youth-led non-governmental organization in Liberia. AJHR advocates for human rights especially on issues of gender-based violence and child marriage.


“I’m not just doing it for myself. I'm related to people who are directly affected by gender-based violence in Liberia,” she said.


In response to a spike in rape cases in Liberia, Satta worked alongside the Affiliation of Child and Women Right Advocates to lobby the national government. As a result, Liberia's President declared rape a National Emergency in 2020, allocating a $4M budget and developing a national Sexual and Gender-Based Violence roadmap for Liberia. Today, she is President of the Affiliation of Women and Children Rights Advocates.

Global Goalkeeper Award


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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is the former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Among the initiatives that flourished under her leadership, she helped to create the Generation Equality Forum—a global gathering for gender equality that mobilized a historic $40 billion USD in commitments from Member States, private sector partners, philanthropies, and civil societies to drive transformative change for women and girls.


She became a member of Parliament and Deputy Minister in the Mandela government. Later she was appointed Deputy President, working on the fight against HIV/AIDS and coordinating efforts between multiple sectors to address poverty and education issues.


Phumzile is a global champion for gender equality, human rights, and social justice.

Changemaker Award

Faizah Beether

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Fairooz Faizah is co-founder of Moner School - an anonymous online platform that works with youth to educate them about the importance of mental health care through training, workshops, and a 24/7 online mental health first aid service.


She and six of her peers, who met through a youth platform project, began the task of meeting a need that was quite taboo in Bangladesh.


For Fairooz, her courage to prioritize her own mental health was the first step in healing from the senseless killing of her father. As she emerged out of her own depression, Fairooz was called to pursue a career in mental health.


Today, she leans on mental health professionals to strengthen the Moner community.