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.
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.
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.
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.
Place of birth: Iran
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.
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 Code.org 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.
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