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Four Brazilian women have been awarded by UN Women

Lidia Capitani
October 28, 2022 – 18:43

UN Women presented awards to, from left to right, Carolina Videira, Carmela Borst, Regina Markus and Marienne Coutinho (Credit: Disclosure)

Four Brazilian women who competed for the “Stand Up and Lift Up Others” award, promoted by UN Women in the United States, won honors for their professional performances. There were eight categories, four nominations in each, and Brazil managed to stand out, taking home half of the awards.

The winning representatives of Brazil were Carolina Videira, in the category “Reducing Inequality”, Regina Markus, in the category “Health and Well-Being”, Carmela Borst, “Quality Education” and Marienne Coutinho, “Gender Equality”. The winners were selected by an international jury of outstanding women and online public voting, and were revealed during the Makers 2022 conference, which took place on October 26 in California. In addition to Brazilian women, women from India, USA, Nepal, Bahrain, Poland and Nigeria were awarded.

The annual celebration aims to support women experts, thank them for their work and contribution, as well as encourage new projects that take into account the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), established by the United Nations.

Voting was open until October 25, at which time the public could vote on who would be honored in each of the eight categories, which included: “Poverty Eradication,” “Health and Well-Being,” “Quality Education,” “Gender Equality,” “Industry, innovation and infrastructure”, “Reducing inequality”, “Action against global climate change” and “Peace, justice and effective institutions”.

Brazilians rewarded

Marienne Coutinho, nominated in the “Gender Equality” category, is a leading partner for tax transformation and innovation and a member of the Innovation and Enterprise Solutions Committee at KPMG in Brazil. She also sits on the KPMG IMPACT Global Advisory Board and serves as co-chair of WCD Brazil (Women Corporate Directors), a foundation that promotes board diversity. “The nomination relates to my work over 15 years encouraging more diversity among top corporate leaders, particularly on boards, with an emphasis on (but not limited to) gender and race, as this is where I think my contribution can be the most relevant,” writes the manager on her LinkedIn.

The winner in the “Reducing Inequality” category, Carolina Videira, is the founder of the non-profit organization Turma do Jiló, which promotes inclusive education in public schools in Brazil. He is also the co-founder of Escola de Impacto, a course to develop skills and abilities in social responsibility. The entrepreneur celebrated it on her social network: “Our mission is to empower all people who have ever felt left out because they are different and I am very happy for the visibility this award has brought, not for me, but for the goal of inclusive education.”

Carmela Borst, a “Quality Education” honoree, is the CEO of SoulCode Academy, a Brazilian edtech company she helped found to train people in situations of economic vulnerability and transform them into technology professionals. On her LinkedIn, she thanked: “You are all coming with us, a giant movement for good, many reasons in one and all bigger than us!”.

Last but not least, Regina Pekelmann Markus is a researcher and Professor Emerita at the Institute of Biological Sciences at USP and has contributed to advances in the field of chronopharmacology, which studies variations in the body between waking and resting states. She was the winner in the “Health and Wellness” category.

Check out more about the profile of each of the Brazilian winners here.

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