Thuli Madonsela has been announced as one of the “five extraordinary women in the world who are responding to leadership challenges of the 21st century” by the Tällberg Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

Reacting to the announcement on Wednesday, Madonsela said:

“Words cannot express the depth of my gratitude at the news of being selected as one of the five Tällberg Global Leaders. It is an enormous privilege to receive such an honour”.

“I’m supremely grateful to the Tällberg Foundation for this remarkable honour. I’m also honoured to be associated with the foundation whose work with regard to engendering ethical global leadership I have witnessed in action.”

Madonsela said it was an honour for the “Public Protector Team” and the work of similar institutions around the world.

“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,” she said.

By honouring Madonsela and four other women leaders, the foundation said it sought to draw attention to their work and said it wanted to provoke a global conversation on leadership.

The five women were selected through secret ballot from a pool of 270 nominations from 60 countries.

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.

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