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July 9: Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge
Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge; Founder of the Embrace Dignity Campaign
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa Education: University of Cape Town and an honorary degree from Haverford College Age: 58
Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge is a founding member of the Natal Organization of Women, which was part of the United Democratic Front and the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.
In 1994, when South Africa held its first non-racial elections, she was elected as a member of Parliament and was appointed Deputy Minister of Defence (1999-2004), Deputy Minister of Health (2004-2007) and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly (2008-2009).
As Deputy Minister of Health she promoted evidence-based medical treatment for people with HIV/AIDS. She now leads the South African Secretariat of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women and the Embrace Dignity Campaign, through which she is advocating for legislation that will effectively end sex trafficking and eliminate demand for prostitution.
She has highlighted the issue of the trafficking of women during large sporting events, like the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, by launching an online petition.
She is a recipient of the Tanenbaum Peacemakers Award, and she received an honorary doctorate from Haverford College, Pennsylvania. She serves on the ANC NEC and is pursuing her studies with the University of Cape Town.