10 Leaders Who Redefine Leadership
Greengirl | Nigeria
Leading with Service
“The world will only begin to experience true leadership when people come to an understanding that leadership is more about what you can give than what you can get. Leadership is service, and the gains are embedded therein.”
“Women can no longer be spectators,” writes Greengirl. “They must have a say in the use and distribution of natural resources.” A humble, determined, and accomplished environmental activist in Nigeria, Greengirl works to empower women, especially grassroots women, to become environmental advocates and demand a seat at the decision-making table.
In Nigeria, a beautiful and resource-abundant country, mismanaged resources frequently result in exploitation of the natural environment. In 2008 Greengirl founded the organization Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) to strengthen women’s roles in natural resource access, use, control, and stewardship. She offers impoverished women in Kaduna State, who are traditionally sidelined when it comes to environmental policy, the opportunity to learn skills in environmental management and protection.
By mentoring women in her community, she is making the world a greener place.
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