Former Mbarara Municipality Member of Parliament had a remarkable 2014, and is now being ranked among the world’s top ten women to watch in this New Year 2015.
After quitting Ugandan politics in 2004, where she served two terms in Parliament, she opted to try out her proficiency, as a Director at African Union and later the United Nations.
She is currently heading Oxfam International, a confederation of organizations working to fight poverty and injustice across the globe; where she was appointed Executive Director in May 2013.
Wife to Former Opposition FDC President Col Kiiza Besigye, Byanyima was this week rated Number 6, among the world’s most inspirational women buy a Paris based Magazine Business O Féminin.
This is an International Women’s Business Magazine, which rates and profiles the world’s most successful women in business, with branches in Paris, London, Milan and the US.
On the list titled, Ten Women to Watch in 2015, Byanyima is the only African. [She is also the first woman Executive Director at the 73 year old Oxfam, and the first African].
The magazine hailed her as an exceptional human rights advocate, social activist, campaigner for equality and a staunch supporter of women’s rights.
Last month, Byanyima co-chaired the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Annual Conference at Davos in Switzerland.
She spoke out about a recent Oxfam report documenting the unequal distribution of wealth to 1% of the world’s population and called on the world leaders attending Davos to change government policies to tackle this issue in the year ahead.
A “fiercely ambitious” Byanyima told the Magazine in an interview, “I want to succeed in this role so that it confirms to people that women can lead, can make a difference. When given opportunity, they can be global leaders; they can bring something special and unique. I’m conscious of being a pioneer and wanting to give the job my best so that the door remains wide open for more women, for more parts of the world to lead.”