Advocate Thuli On Global List Of Top Five ‘Extraordinary Women’


Out-going public protector Thuli Madonsela has been announced as one of the “top five extraordinary women who are responding to leadership challenges of the 21st century” by the Tällberg Foundation.

Tällberg Foundation is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit education organisation that looks at steering people to think differently about global issues that are shaping their present and their future.

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The foundation enlisted advocate Thuli as one of the top five extraordinary women who have given their best in service of their country.

The other four women are:

Speaking on this, Thuli, who finishes her tenure by Friday, expressed her sincere gratitude to the foundation for the “remarkable honour to be associated with the Foundation whose work with regard to engendering ethical global leadership I have witnessed in action.”

She 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.

She said:

“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.”

Meanwhile, Tällberg Foundation related their aim of honouring advocate Thuli Madonsela and four others, saying it sought to draw attention to their work and said it wanted to provoke a global conversation on leadership.

Noting also that the top five extraordinary women were selected through secret ballot by an international jury from a pool of 270 nominations from 60 countries, Tällberg Foundation Chairperson Alan Stoga said in a statement:

“They demonstrate that effective, courageous and innovative leadership that can overcome even the most seemingly intractable issues.”

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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 Tällberg Foundation said on its website announcing the five leaders.