The 2016 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards honored women who are lighting a path through the darkness. Around the world, a rising tide of insecurity threatens decades of progress achieved on behalf of women and girls, darkening the future of gender equality. But there is hope. These innovative leaders are taking on the most urgent issues facing their communities.
Women are a force for driving economic, political and social change. The Global Ambassadors Program, a Vital Voices and Bank of America partnership, is designed to provide mentorship opportunities for emerging women leaders. This effort builds on Vital Voices' 16 years of global experience in training and mentoring women who practice transformative leadership to advance economic development and entrepreneurship, human rights and political participation in their communities.