The 14 women featured by this initiative were selected among an impressive pool of more than 50 nominees from across the globe for their profound contributions to positive change in their communities and countries.

Launched by Creative Associates International CEO & Co-Founder Charito Kruvant, this initiative sought to identify women around the world and honor them for their vision, energy and results in fulfilling Creative’s mission of “supporting people around the world to realize the positive change they seek.”

All nominees have been engaged in a Creative-implemented project, whether as a local staff member, grantee, implementing partner or beneficiary. These final 14 honorees were selected by a committee of their professional peers and development experts at Creative.

We are inspired by these women and their achievements. We hope you too will find inspiration in their stories and join us in honoring the millions of other untold stories of women making change around the world.

Creative Associates International works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience in education, economic growth and transitions from conflict to peace. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has active projects in more than 25 countries. Since 1977, it has worked in more than 90 countries.