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2020  Global  Goals  Awards  Celebrate the progress

Meet Our Champions

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

A video of Dr. John Nkengasong

Dr.  John  Nkengasong 

Since the pandemic began, Africa CDC Director Dr. Nkengasong has been a central voice for Africa’s scientific community. He is a champion for global collaboration and public health practices that help to minimize the outcomes of COVID-19 in Africa.

2020 Goalkeepers Global Goals Award Winners

Leader, Activist

Hauwa Ojeifo

Hauwa Ojeifo

Hauwa is a sexual and domestic abuse survivor and the founder of She Writes Woman, a women-led movement giving mental health a voice in Nigeria. She Writes Woman is providing mental health support through a helpline, teletherapy, and virtual support groups serving as a first point of contact to ensure that survivors of gender-based violence and those living with mental health conditions have access to confidential psychosocial support and counselling. Hauwa is championing "nothing about us without us" by advocating for the inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities in decision making on laws, policies, and solutions that concern them. In February 2020, she became the first woman and person to testify before the Nigerian parliament on the rights of persons with mental health conditions and psychosocial disabilities in the country's bid to pass its first mental health law.

Innovator, Believer

Bonita Sharma

Bonita Sharma

Bonita is the co-founder and CEO of Social Changemakers and Innovators (SOCHAI) – a youth-led non-profit organization in Nepal. Bonita founded SOCHAI to improve the nutritional health for nursing mothers and young children and to economically empower marginalized women through business opportunities. Bonita was listed by the BBC as one of the 100 most influential women in the world in 2019. She has been recognized by UNESCO as a Female Champion for educating women and girls in Nepal. She was also the winner of One Young World Lead 2030 Challenge and UNICEF Asia Pacific Youth Innovation Challenge 2016 for her idea of ‘Nutribeads’ bracelet – a low tech wearable nutrition education tool.

Collaborator, Change Makers

MASH Project Foundation

Women at MASH Project Foundation

MASH Project Foundation is a youth- led social enterprise based in India that develops and implements support systems for people who work for social causes through partnerships, and with specific focus on Global Goal 17 Partnerships for the Goals. Their mission is to build a global community of social change-makers and they do this by bridging the gap between governments, civil society, corporate sector, youth, and media to drive social impact. They empower, educate, and mobilize like-minded individuals who are all working to progress social causes. Their work reaches over 20 cities, they have 500+ partnerships, and have enabled 300+ changemakers.