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Michelle Bachelet and the Right of a Woman to Decide

When Chile’s government was ousted by Augusto Pinochet in 1973, Michelle Bachelet’s father (a supporter of the deposed Salvador Allende) was arrested, tortured in prison and died in custody at the age of 51. Security forces later arrested Bachelet herself,

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Our Hero Ariyaratne: Truly Empowering People

Dr. A.T. (Ari) Ariyaratne founded the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka in the 1960s and still serves as its President. It is the world’s largest spiritually-based people’s development movement and is at work in 15.000 villages throughout Sri Lanka.

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Vitali Klitschko: Punching Above His Weight

One of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions of all time, Klitschko retained his WBC title in September this year. Known as Dr. Ironfist, he is the son of a Soviet general, speaks four languages, is passionate about chess and earned

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Our Hero Melinda Gates: No Little Woman

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world. Its global aims are to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty. Melinda Gates is one of the three trustees that control the Foundation. The

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IDB Hero Al-Madani: Resources, Creativity and Credibility

‘Today’s world is fragile and needs a new strategy for the post-crisis era. It is time to mainstream Islamic finance to address the myriad weaknesses inherent in the present global financial system. Islamic finance is ethical financing which is based

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Hugging Hero is Embracing the World

Mata Amritanandamayi is an Indian spiritual leader known as ‘Mother’ and many regard her as a saint. Her message is delivered via a hug and in this way she has touched the lives of millions around the world. The hugs

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Joyce Banda: Showing Solidarity with the People of Malawi

In April 2012, Joyce Banda, 62 years, became the first female president of Malawi following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika. She was minister of Foreign Affairs (2006 -9) and then vice president under Mutharika in one of the poorest

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Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Fearless Opponent of Corruption

When Dr. Okonjo-Iweala departed the World Bank in 2011 to become Nigeria’s finance minister, she was managing director and second in charge. It was no surprise that in the following year her name appeared on a short-list for the WB

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Suu Kyi and Hopes for a New Burma

Suu Kyi, daughter of a Burmese independence hero, has never been indifferent to the goings on in Burma. She is one of the most potent symbols of peaceful resistance to an oppressive regime. Chair for the National league for Democracy,

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IBM’s Virginia Rometty and Strategic Belief

CFI.co believes that Rometty, CEO of IBM, has been instrumental in developing services at the Company that will open up markets and help world economies converge. We must include her as one of our heroes because her project addresses concerns

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