Former President, Brazil


Women's reproductive rights are core human rights. In all societies and culture women are care givers and peace makers. There can be no democracy or development without full women's participation. To fight against all forms of discrimination against women is to build safer, healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities.

— His Excellency Fernando Henrique Cardoso


His Excellency Fernando Henrique Cardoso served as the 34th president of the Federative Republic of Brazil for two terms from 1995 to 2003. He is an accomplished sociologist, professor and politician. Under Cardoso's leadership, Brazil recorded a decline in infant mortality rates, a reduction in poverty levels and a drop in the number of AIDS-related deaths. In 2002, the United Nations Development Program named President Cardoso the inaugural winner of the Mahbub ul Haw Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development. He is also a member of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders promoting peace and human rights.