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Celebrating Positive Change on International Women’s Day

The world has seen challenging times in recent years for many reasons, however some #ChooseToChallenge and have taken monumental steps to contribute towards positive change. We at Perform Partners would like to take today as an opportunity to celebrate the success of each of these incredible women – and so many others – who have made positive change happen to deliver a global common good.


Somaya Faruqi

International Women's Day - Somaya

Place of birth: Afghanistan

Robotics Team Leader


When the first case of Covid-19 was reported in her region, Somaya and her all-female team of robotics engineers named the ‘Afghan Dreamers’ set to create a low-cost ventilator to treat the infected patients.


Siouxsie Wiles

Internationa Women's Day - Siouxsie Wiles


Place of birth: UK



Siouxsie heads up the Bioluminescent Superbug Lab at the University of Auckland and has been the driving force in efforts to clearly communicate and support public understanding in the importance of a lockdown. Teaming up with a cartoonist, Siouxsie collaborate with Toby Morris to create “Flatten the Curve” visualisation supporting not only New Zealand but many countries that have since translated the work and launched in the hopes of saving many lives and slowing the spread of Covid-19.


Sarah Al-Amiri

International Women's Day - Sarah Al-Amiri

Place of birth: UAE

Minister for Advanced Technologies


Her Excellency Sarah Al-Amiri is UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technologies and chairs the UAE Space Agency. The Emirates Mars Mission will be the first interplanetary venture for any Arab.


Pardis Sabeti

International Women's Day - Paradis Sabet

Place of birth: Iran

Computational Geneticist


Pardise has quite possible the most wide-reaching skill set in our line-up. She a professor at Harvard University, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, while also finding time to host educational videos (Against All Odds) and is the lead singer of the rock band Thousand Days.


Erica Baker

International Women's Day - Erica Baker

Place of birth: Germany



As the Director of Engineering at GitHub, Erica is involved in many projects including; sitting on the advisory boards for Atipica and Hack the Hood, is part of the Diversity Council, the Barbie Global Advisory Council board, the board of directors for Girl Develop It, and has been a tech mentor for Black Girls Code.


Sarah Gilbert

International Women's Day - Sarah Gilbert

Place of birth: UK


Sarah is Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford. As a scientist trained in microbiology, biochemistry, molecular virology and vaccinology, Sarah lead her team to work on creating the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine, that was released in the UK in January 2021.

Each of these women have in their own right been leaders of change in the last 12 months, delivering monumental positive change to the world. However, this is a list of just 6 incredible stories of inspirational women delivering positive change to the global community. Today we celebrate the feats and achievements of all women across the world battling different challenges in the hope for creating a better future for themselves, for the community around them and for the wider world.

Source & Images: BBC News

Aida Walsh - Perform Partners
Written by Aida Walsh