Women Deliver list honours top 100 delivering for women & girls

2 MARCH 2011 – In the run up to the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Women Deliver called for women and men around the world to nominate people who have contributed the most to girls and women throughout the past 100 years. A week before the IWD centennial the global advocacy organization released "Women Deliver 100,” a list of the 100 most inspiring men and women who have delivered for girls and women throughout the past century.

The list recognizes women and men, both prominent and lesser known, who have committed themselves to improving the lives of girls and women around the world. The 100 honorees were selected from among hundreds of potentials and feature some of the most intrepid, committed, and results-driven people in the world.

“2010 was widely viewed as the year women's issues finally came to the fore in international development," said Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield. "This list recognizes those who successfully navigated the corridors of power, along with those on the front lines, who have worked to expand rights and choices for girls and women everywhere."

A number of MNCH champions made the cut including:

  • Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women);
  • Sarah Brown, Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance, Former First Lady of the UK, Founder and President of PiggyBankKids;
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka, RBM and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and UN Envoy for Africa; and
  • Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway