Apolitical | 23 May 2018
Here we present our list of the 100 most influential people in gender policy around the world.
Drawing on nominations from dozens of gender equality experts and leading organisations in the field, we aim to celebrate the people making our societies fairer and better to live in. To find out more about each person just click on their picture.
Our thinking in compiling this list is what underpins everything we do at Apolitical: that public servants deserve recognition, and that celebrating the best encourages the spread of good ideas. And that if you give public servants authoritative information and access to their colleagues' help, you can change the world.
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CEO and President of Women Deliver
Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver, which is a leading global advocate for investment in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. Iversen is an expert on development, advocacy and communications, and has more than 20 years of experience working in NGOs, the private sector and UN agencies. She is a health adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative, and is on the civil society consultative group to the World Bank. She has also been named an “International Gender Champion”.
Lawyer and women's rights advocate
A Nigerian lawyer and activist, Olaoluwa Abagun has written extensively on women’s issues, and was a 2014 finalist at the Africa Youth Day Essay Competition. She also created Girl Pride Circle, an organization that fights for the rights of women in Nigeria. In March 2016, at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, she launched the Safe Kicks Initiative: Adolescent Girls Against Sexual Violence, which aims to train victims of sexual violence and women in general on how to defend themselves with martial arts.