They both embody the principle of responsible leadership; they strive to find solutios to complex social problems without being deterred by sectoral borders.
Shahira Amin: At a time when journalists in Egypt in general and women journalists in particular face enormous challenges including arrest and detention, smear campaigns, forced disappearances, and sexual assault, the Union of Women Journalists aims to provide a support network for female journalists. It consists of about 1,000 members working in broadcast, print, and digital media.
Through the Union’s mentorship program, veteran journalists offer guidance and advice to graduates on finding suitable jobs, how to resolve problems they may encounter at the workplace – including harassment – or any other advice they may need. The network also organizes mixed gender workshops on journalistic ethics and how to protect oneself when working in hostile environments.
The BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt wants to strengthen the Union of Women Journalists in its struggle for women’s rights and freedom of the press. We want to contribute so that female journalists are empowered and can continue to tell their stories. This is why we present the 2016 BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award to Shahira Amin and her extraordinary network!
Stefan Quandt, board of trustees of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Gonzalo Muñoz: Open landfills are an everyday sight not just in Latin America. Often, people lack environmental awareness. Mostly, however, they lack the opportunities to recycle waste and feed it back into the system along the lines of a circular economy. Through his company Triciclos, Gonzalo Muñoz offers an efficient option to recycle waste even in places that do not yet have an official recycling system.
At attractively designed collection points in Brazil, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Argentina, citizens can recycle up to 90 percent of their domestic waste, and companies too can have their waste recycled. The collection points are managed by former street waste pickers who used to work under dangerous and extremely unhygienic conditions. Gonzalo gives them a job and an opportunity to pass on their knowledge about raw materials and recycling to others.
Gonzalo is convinced that people will learn to understand how their buying and disposal habits impact their environment. The odds for change are good, for Gonzalo works with all stakeholders concerned: producers, consumers, government and administrative authorities. Trans-sector cooperation at its best! Stefan Quandt, board of trustees of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt