Nominations for the Women Deliver 50


Voting is now closed! We received almost 6,000 votes and the winners will be announced on March 7th.

We received more than 500 submissions in the following categories: Advocacy and Awareness Campaigns, Technologies and Innovations , Educational Initiatives, Health Interventions, and Leadership and Empowerment Programs. A selection committee of experts and advocates from leading global NGOs and foundations chose 25 per category. The top 125 are posted here, and voters may choose their 10 favorites, per category. The 50 winners will be announced on March 7th, and they will be featured prominently on Women Deliver's website, through the selection committee's social media portals, and at the Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Every year, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Women Deliver celebrates the progress made on behalf of girls and women worldwide. Our Women Deliver 100 list in 2011, which featured 100 of the most inspiring people who have delivered for girls and women, was covered by over 100 traditional and new media sources. This year, the "Women Deliver 50" list will celebrate advancements made by individuals, governments, the private sector, and members of civil society that have improved the condition of girls and women around the world. 


Please note, voting closes March 2nd at 6pm EST.  

Special thanks to our great Selection Committee that took on the difficult task of narrowing down so many deserving submissions:

Chair: Jill Sheffield, Founder and President, Women Deliver
Jill Sheffield is the founder of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization working to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Millennium Development Goal 5 – to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health. Most recently, Jill was one of few civil society representatives to serve as a Commissioner to support the efforts of the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health. Jill is also the founder of Family Care International (FCI), a distinguished non-governmental organization and winner of the 2008 United Nations Population Award for outstanding work in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Jill completed advanced degrees at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she was later recognized as a distinguished alumna for her international work in women's health and education, and she also received the American Public Health Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. She was Director of International Programmes at the Carnegie Corporation, and founded FCI in 1987 in response to the call at the Women's Decade Conference in Nairobi which identified the silent tragedy that one woman dies each minute from pregnancy related causes. Though she has played a central role in several key world conferences, Jill Sheffield believes her true education came when she worked in the family planning/reproductive health outpatient clinic of Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

Amie Newman, Communications Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Amie Newman is a Communications Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In that role she serves as Editor for Impatient Optimists, the foundation’s blog. Prior to her work with the foundation, Amie was the Managing Editor for RH Reality Check, a daily publication of the UN Foundation, covering global reproductive and sexual health news and information. She wrote frequently about childbirth, access to midwifery, and postpartum concerns of mothers. In addition, she has also been a staff writer for the women’s rights section of, and blogged at Momsrising. She has been published at or contributed to articles around the web and in the traditional media including Alternet, Huffington Post,, Feministe, Womens eNews, Common Dreams, Truthout, and interviewed on NYC’s Pacifica Radio.

Josh Nesbit, CEO, Medic Mobile
Josh Nesbit is the CEO of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit company using low-cost, mobile technology to create health systems that save more lives. Josh also founded Hope Phones, a recycling campaign designed to engage millions of Americans in global health efforts. Josh and his team have worked in 16 countries in East and West Africa, Asia, and Latin America, using mobile technologies to support a wide range of programs – from infectious disease surveillance in rural Malawi to emergency response after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He is an Ashoka Fellow, PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, Echoing Green Fellow, Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Strauss Scholar, and Haas Public Service Fellow. Josh was selected by Devex as one of 40 Under 40 Leaders in International Development, received the Truman Award for Innovation from the Society for International Development, and was recently named by Forbes as one of the world’s 30 top social entrepreneurs.

Dr. Cory Heyman, Chief Program Officer, Room to Read
Cory is the Chief Program Officer at Room to Read, supporting the Habit of Reading portfolio (Reading Room, Local Language Publishing, and School Room programs), the Girls’ Education Program, and the Monitoring and Evaluation unit. Cory has acted as a close advisor to Room to Read since 2004, when he assisted in developing the organization’s first monitoring and evaluation study. He has also been an active member of its advisory board since 2008. Cory has extensive experience in international development and education, having recently served as the Vice President and Deputy Director of the Academy for Educational Development’s Center for Gender Equity. Cory received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley and has a doctorate in sociology from John Hopkins University.

Jimmie Briggs, Founder and Executive Director, Man Up
Jimmie Briggs is an award-winning human rights activist, journalist and author. He is the founder of the Man Up Campaign, a global initiative to mobilize young people to stop violence against women and girls in their communities through music, sports and technology. He is currently a consultant on youth for the United Nations and advising Wyclef Jean and Yele Haiti on engaging men as advocates for gender violence prevention. Previously, Jimmie has worked for the UN Special Session on Children, Seeds of Peace, Oxfam USA, Amnesty International and the Enough Project in the DRC. Jimmie’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, LIFE, El Pais, The Village Voice, Fortune, and scores of other publications. Jimmie is a National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists, and The Carter Center. His next book The Wars Women Fight: Dispatches from a Father to His Daughter, examines violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, and Haiti.

Lyric Thompson, Special Assistant to the President, International Center for Research on Women
Lyric Thompson is the Special Assistant to the President at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where she provides technical and substantive guidance on a range of topics relating to gender and development. Lyric is also an advisor to Amnesty International USA’s women’s human rights program, where she serves as a primary expert and strategist in AIUSA's efforts to promote and protect women's human rights. Her published writings include articles for academic journals, Newsweek, openDemocracy and Jurist Legal News. She is an expert and blogger on women’s rights for TrustLaw Women, a project of the Thomson-Reuters Foundation. Prior to joining ICRW, Lyric served as Senior Policy Analyst and External Relations Officer at Women for Women International.  Lyric is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated with highest honors for her thesis on development and human rights work in Ghana, West Africa.  

Michael Tirrell, Communications Manager for Media and Public Affairs, Marie Stopes International
Michael Tirrell is a Communications Manager at Marie Stopes International where he leads the media and public affairs activities, and is responsible for telling the stories of the millions of women that Marie Stopes International serves around the world every year.  This can be through campaigns such as Make Women Matter, which centers around films of women from who give firsthand accounts of the impact of family planning services and the dangers of unsafe abortion; or working with the media on projects such as The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition. Before joining Marie Stopes International, Michael gained a bachelor’s degree, with honors in medical microbiology, and a master’s degree in international business management.  He then worked at international communications consultancies for a number of years advising clients on their communications programs across a range of health issues such as HIV, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

Entry Comments

    • Feb 23
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    Well done women deliver recognized the Srong lady who are doing well for women n girls .

    • Feb 23
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    There is a problem w the facebook poll. Even when ID fields at bottom completed it won’t allow one to submit vote.

    • Feb 24
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    I Olander M Street vote yes for the improvement this women deliver is doing,thank to you all. Because thing i never i never knew now i know.i say yes

    • Feb 24
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    Can you vote without signing up for a Facebook page?

    • Feb 28
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    You are doing great job. keep it up.

    • Feb 28
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    I support women always!!

  1. Kelly - It should allow you to vote. Make sure you select at least one entry per category, and try different browsers if yours isn’t working.

    Jill - you cannot vote without signing up for a Facebook page, unfortunately.

    • Mar 01
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    Great job !

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