SOUTH AFRICAN OMBUDSMAN LISTED AMONG WORLD’S “FIVE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN”

Retiring South African Public Protector (Ombudsman) Thuli Madonsela has been included in a list of "five extraordinary women who are responding to leadership challenges of the 21st century" by Sweden's TA�llberg Foundation, which focuses on issues related to globalization and interdependence.

Reacting to the announcement, Madonsela said Thursday: "Words cannot express the depth of my gratitude at the news of being selected as one of the five TA�llberg Global Leaders. It is an enormous privilege to receive such an honour.

"I'm supremely grateful to the TA�llberg Foundation for this remarkable honour. I'm also honoured to be associated with the Foundation whose work with regard to engendering ethical global leadership I have witnessed in action."

The foundation is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit education organisation that seeks to provoke people to think differently about global issues that are shaping their present and their future.

Madonsela, who retires from office Friday after completing ger single seven-year term as Public Protector, said the honour recognized the role of the Public Protector Team and that of institutions performing work similar to her office all over the world.

"The recognition affirms the critical role played by the Public Protector and similar institutions globally, which are commonly referred to as Ombudsman Offices, in leading the world out of the abyss it has put itself in with regard to governance and leadership lapses impacting on domestic and global peace," she said.

By honouring Madonsela and four other women leaders, the foundation said it sought to draw attention to their work and said it wanted to provoke a global conversation on leadership.

"They demonstrate that effective, courageous and innovative leadership that can overcome even the most seemingly intractable issues," TA�llberg Foundation Chairperson Alan Stoga said in a statement Wednesday.

The five women were selected through secret ballot by an international jury from a pool of 270 nominations from 60 countries.

The nominees work in a wide range of fields and roles, including business, politics, arts and social activism and were nominated through a global, open online process conducted during the first half of the year, Madonsela's office said.

"At a time of growing doubts about the efficacy of leadership in many countries, these five women demonstrate that individual leaders who are innovative, ethical, determined and willing to take great risks are capable of coping with the challenges of the 21st century," the TA�llberg Foundation said on its website announcing the five leaders.

The TA�llberg Foundation was founded in 1981 in Sweden by the former chairperson Bo Ekman, and is devoted to exploring the changes that are driving our societies and our planet through open-ended, value-based conversations among our growing, global network, the foundation said on its website.

The other four women named by the foundation in its 2016 Global Leaders list are: Eleni Antoniadou of Belgium, a multi-disciplinary researcher in Regenerative Medicine, Artificial Organ Bioengineering and Space Medicine, and President of the European Health Parliament in Brussels;

Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change for the past six years;

Sunitha Krishnan of India, the co-founder of Prajwala, an anti-sex trafficking organization based in Hyderabad, India; and

Celina de Sola of El Salvador, the co-founder of Glasswing, a community-based education and public health initiative based in El Salvador.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.

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