Through her travels to Ethiopia working on the Emmy Award winning documentary, A Walk to Beautiful, Allison Shigo witnessed firsthand the need for women suffering from obstetric fistula to be reintegrated into their communities, receive education, psychological care, support and the means to be productive. In 2009, she co-founded Healing Hands of Joy and trained Ethiopian fistula survivors to become Safe Motherhood Ambassadors. UNFPA has become a partner in her work and one of her Ambassadors was recently invited to speak before the United Nations.

A nurse-midwife in the Philippines, Anzaira Roxas is the Deputy Project Coordinator at UNFPA’s partner, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines. She is active in the Youth Peer Education Network pioneered by UNFPA and, along with her fellow youth advocates, was intrumental in the passage of a national reproductive health law in 2012. In 2013, Friends of UNFPA awarded her their International Award for the Health and Dignity of Women and Girls. After the devastating typhoon in the Philippines, she has been providing health education to young people, lactating mothers and pregnant women.

Responsible for international coordination of the Women’s Barefoot Solar Engineering program, she has been a field presence in more than 26 countries since joining Barefoot College in 2011. Championing women in the developing world, she speaks regularly on the power of women as agents of sustainable change and poverty reduction.


BARBARA MORGAN Barbara Morgan’s first job in education was teaching remedial reading and math and special education on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. She went on to teach in Quito, Eduador, and in the little mountain town of McCall, Idaho, where she was selected by NASA in 1985 as backout to Teacher in Space, Christa McAuliffe, and trained with the crew of the space shuttle, Challenger. After the Challenger accident, Barbara returned to the classroom and continued working for NASA until she was selected to the astronaut rookie class of 1998. She flew on the space shuttle, Endeavor, in 2007, to help construct the International Space Station. In 2008, Barbara retired from NASA to become the Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise State University.