Subhadra Belbase

Name: Subhadra Belbase

Where: Uganda
What she does: Country Director of Plan in Uganda – an initiator of change, an inspiration to all she works with and a relentless gender equality activist
Impact: Gender-awareness training in the Plan office, an initiative to help girls out of commercial sex work
Nominated by: Anshu Rastogi

Website: http://plan-international.org/where-we-work/africa/uganda 

Subhadra is the Country Director of Plan in Uganda. She has worked in the field of development for nearly 30 years and became the first female regional director of Eastern and Southern Africa for Plan before moving into her present role. Her catalogue of accomplishments is not the only reason, Subhadra, has been nominated by her colleagues; Subhadra is an initiator of change, an inspiration to all she works with and a relentless gender equality activist.

“I was emotionally strained for some time while I reflected on how I could bring about change.  As an outsider I clearly saw and felt that women were treated as inferior objects and that women were their own worst enemies, because they accepted this behavior in silence.”

Ugandais known for its patriarchal culture and strong male bias focus, Subhadra, immediately went to work to lessen the divide between the genders, by implementing gender-awareness training and reflections in the Plan office, then widening the reach by channelling this energy into other female- orientated projects in the communities Plan is working in. These include, an initiative which helps girls out of commercial sex work and into alternative livelihoods, schools funding providing text books and scholastic materials for girls and programmes offering girls sanitary towels so they don’t skip classes during menstruation.

Her endless passion, energy and drive make her a formidable force in the world of gender equality. She touches those that are lucky enough to meet her and continues to work tirelessly, to change the status quo, never asking for thanks or praise.

She has influenced people in such a positive way creating waves of life-changing circumstances for all.

84 Responses to “Subhadra Belbase”

  1. Charity Namara September 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    This initiative is quite phenomenal, i have personally seen Subhadra fight those gender battles, i have no doubt that several millions of girls and women have been touched by her passion and inspiration for gender equality

  2. Joseph Kawubiri September 15, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    Wao! This is no suprise to us in Plan Uganda! Children, communities, partners and the whole country know about Subhadra as a human rights activist and committed to bring about change in the lives of the most vulnerable in the world. She is an inspiring lady and has made Plan Uganda staff champions of human rights. Well done Subhadra!!!

  3. phoebe kasoga September 16, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I am indeed happy that Subhadra is one of the 100 unseen and yet powerful women in the world. I truly believe that while she may not be top among the women in the Forbes magazine, she exhibits a true spirit of a woman that has gone against all odds of culture and society to become who she is today. Achieving an education in her era was certainly not a common issue but yet she was able to achieve one.

    I therefore find her to be a very strong advocate of gender equality who believes that only when a critical mass of women has received quality secondary education will there be positive steps towards gender equality. No wonder she has been a key pillar in mobilization of resources to support girls education here in Uganda. Shamim, a young girl supported by Plan here in Uganda is among the many young girls supported to achieve a secondary level education and today she is undergraduate student at Kyambogo University-One of the leading tertiary institutions here in Uganda. I believe that Shamim will certainly be a role model to many other young girls with a similar background. Thanks to Subhadra for believing in young girls like Shamim and and ensuring that our programs reach out excluded young girls.

  4. Paul Fredrick September 16, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Although am a few weeks old in Plan Uganda, i found Subhadra very passionate about women’s and girl’s rights. She has continuously lobbied for girls education not to mention the oftenstigmatised group of women-commercial sexworkers. She is quite phenomenal

  5. Muhangi African September 16, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    It is a challenge working in men dominated society to influence and change gender based bias. Subhadra, you have contributed alot to change minds of many people. You deserve the recognition.

  6. Teddy Mary Mbabazi September 16, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    Subhadra is a great woman. Very inspirational, supportive and commited towards bringing change in the lives of the vulenarable society. I have seen Subhadra touch people’s lives with her passion for Gender and she has also made sure that every staff in Plan Uganda is sensitised on Gender issues. She is really a Champion!

  7. Robert Ocakacon September 16, 2011 at 11:14 am #

    I have been working for Plan for over seven years now. Truly, Subhadra has been a source of inspiration when it comes to letting staff know their rights & the rights of others as well. In the long term this has translated into the realization of rights of other disadvantaged people…the girl child in particular.

    Bravo Subhadra!!!

  8. Walter Ogwal September 16, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    Yaa! Subhadra is a commited lady that have changed many people working for plan uganda. am proud to say that am one of them, after attending the gender trainning in Lira. i join Plan Uganda 10 months ago. Please keep it up.

  9. Okeng Alfred Awio September 16, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Subhadras nomination is true and sincere testament to her struggle towards equality.Her endeavours has made enormous mark in the lives of marginalized girls,women and general communities in Uganda and world over.For this, Subhadras efforts will forever be cherished and remebered.Long live Subhadra, Long live your efforts!

  10. Jimmy Chris Ojom Akeny September 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    This nomination does not take me by surprise because Subhadra has been able to change the live of the marginalized soles in the areas that Plan operates in and in Uganda as a whole. Her competences and dedication towards promoting and protecting Human rights in totality cannot be challenge, not forgetting her dedication in promoting gender equality visa-vi the negative attitude. We look at her as a role model who should be emulated by both men and women.
    Go for it Subhadra

  11. Margaret Akello September 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Subhadra, has mentored many of us. You lead by example, you inspire us so much. At 63 years, you are still full of energy. You walk the gender talk. I pray that you win this award because you deserve it

  12. Maude Mugisha September 17, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    Yes, Subadra deserves this recognition. She has made a great difference in women’s lives, not just here in Uganda but elsewhere she has worked and she continues to do so at different levels.

    Congratulations Subadra!!!

    Maude Mugisha

  13. Kenneth Buyinza September 17, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    I am happy that Subhadra’s efforts have been felt beyond the borders of Uganda! Subhadra will never end a speech, however short with out a message on gender equality. And when she talks about gender issues, you always realise that she actually preaches what she has already practiced in her own family among her children! Bravo Subhadra!!!!

  14. Okeng Alfred Awio September 17, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    Subhadras nomination is true and sincere testament to her struggle towards equality.Her endeavours has made enormous mark in the lives of marginalized girls ,women and general communities in Uganda and world over.For this, Subhadras effors will forever be cherished and remembered by countless hearts she has touched.Long live Subhadra, Long live your efforts!

  15. Raju Dahal September 19, 2011 at 5:04 am #

    Inspirational Subhadra Belbase has conceptualised and implemented landmark projects in health, education, human rights, conflict prevention and gender in Nepal, Bangladesh, Egypt, Kenya and Uganda. She is an energetic team builder and born leader.

  16. Geoffrey Nyeko David September 19, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    When you are looking for someone who has unwavering support for girl child education and their development, look no further than Subhabra. She has a passion for the girl child and will always do anything she can to see to it that gender is treated as gender. Subhadra is our champion and deserves this nomination.

  17. Margaret Natseli (@Mnatseli) September 19, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    Subhadra has a passion to enable the woman/girl child be free and enjoy the work environment/world around her freely just like the male counterpart. She has often times encouraged staff especially females to speak out on sexual harassment. This has enabled females to become assertive, productive and independent. She therefore deserves the recognition, bravo!!!

    • Lucky Tushemereirwe Owor September 19, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Subhadra is a mother to all. Every where she goes she is called “Mama” meaning mother. She is a passionate lady and an inspiration to all.

  18. Patrick Ssebbowa September 19, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    Subhadra’s nomination is a vote of confindence for her character and passion. I commend her for the zeal towards enhancing the rights of the girl child. Subadra you truely deserve the recognition.

  19. Eric Kibuuka September 19, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Subhadra has actively engaged herself in the reduction of the gender inequalities that prevail in developing countries Uganda in particular. We are proud of her as a Country Director.

  20. Jamia ddembe September 19, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Yes I believe Subhadra will make it to the top because she is someone who wants to see change in people’s lives especially on gender equality; and this is recognised in her areas of operation with Plan staff. Subhadra good luck!

  21. Daniel Othieno September 19, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    Great! She stood steadfast to the fight against gender evils. She fought for the rights of the girl child. To day, its the time to say thank you for the excellent work done. We are proud of Subhadra. Without her effort and others, the society to day, that has become increasingly gender sensitive would not have been the same.

  22. Achen Erau Rose September 19, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    This is great! Subhadra is very passionate about women and children. She fights against all such injustices and discrimination against woman kind. She deserves nomination!!!

  23. Emily Trautner September 19, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Subhadra is an inspiration for women not only through her work, but also through her positive presense in the office. She always fights for what she believes in – no matter how uphill the battle – whether that is gender equality or anything else. I can’t imagine a better candidate for this award, and I am so glad to have her as the Plan Uganda country director!

  24. Leah Haynesworth September 19, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Subhadra really deserves this nomination. Although I have only worked at Plan for a few months, I have continually been impressed by Subhadra’s dedication to human rights. By working with her on the commercial sex workers project, I have witnessed her committment to gender equality first-hand. I wish her the very best of luck throughout the rest of the competition.

  25. Josephine Alidri September 19, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Subhadra is a woman of great influence who has demonstrated passion and committment in advancing the fundamental right of equality in her immediate sphere of influence, with undeniably far reaching impact for the girls, boys,men and women of Uganda and the world. As a leader, she has ably used her position to contribute to the creation of an enabling environment for girls and women to unleash their potential for the good of the human kind. WIthout doubt she is one great acheiver deserving of recognition. She is a role model and an inspiration!

  26. Anne G Ntujju September 19, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Wow, I dont even know where to start from because Subhadra is indeed and inspirational lady. She has touched many of our lives in many special ways and has an open heart which is very accommodative and always wants to bring out the best in someone. she believes in figthing for the rights of the disadvantaged in society and this is part of her daily talk – she walks the talk and she will stand for her word. she has the zeal, full of life and has all the energy to bring about positives in the lives of people. She is a Mother to everyone in every sense and her love knows know bounds and is full of passion when talking about gender rights and is a mentor to many of us who admire her for her achievements yet she is still running the race to ensure that everyone gets to know and practice their rights. Subhadra truly deserves to win this award and so good to know that she has not only touched the lives of us in Uganda but world over. No wonder she was invited to be a key Note Speaker by Plan Norway as they launched their campaign – ‘Because I am A Girl – So What About Boys?’ This is all because her efforts to fight for gender are recognised by those of us that have interacted with her as she is so full of passion regarding the subject! No wonder She is the brain behind Plan Uganda’ Gender Project and She ensured that all Plan Uganda Staff received training in gender. Subhadra really deserves to win this award and I hope and pray that she wins it.

  27. Kibuuka Paul Rogers September 19, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Subhadra is a principled and highly dedicated person who has a passion for girl child’s education and always advocate for gender equality and child protection. Subadra you really deserve the recognition.

  28. Achen Erau Rose September 19, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    This is great! Subhadra is very passionate about women and children. She fights against all such injustices and discrimination against woman kind. She deserves nomination!!!

  29. Babweteera Barbra Mutambi September 19, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    Promoting gender equality in especially traditionally patriachial societies and achieve as desired is not an easy challenge that one would put him or herself up to do. It needs dedication, patience, creativity, people relation skills and a focused plan. Subhadra has indeed been central and influential in changing attitudes and practices within Plan Uganda and in the communities in which we operate. Her being nominated comes in at the right and for sure she deserves the best position in this race. Our prayers are up for you and wish you the best of luck dear.

    • fellie September 19, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

      Suhbadra,has done alot to change and advocate for the rights of women and girls in the Plan operating areas and the country at large.
      This means alot especially in a male dormain society as a woman i appreciate alot
      Its on that note that I norminate her.
      fellie

      • Augustine Enyipu September 19, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

        Subhadra has been a real champion for Gender: The passion and energy she puts into promoting gender equality is truly amazing. Through her efforts Plan Uganda is now confidently walking the gender talk- a vibrant gender specialist is on board, we went through a Gender Self Assessment which resulted in staff making individual commitments to promote Gender Equality. She also ensured that staff recieved gender training as a priority. Subhadra’s efforts have further contributed to Plan initiating gender dialogues with government, community members and other partners, hence placing gender on the agenda even outside Plan. In communities where Plan works we have witnessed girl enrolment in schools improving dramatically- in most cases equalling that of boys. This was almost unthinkable in the poast. Subhadra’s efforts surely deserve recognition.

  30. Robert Musoke September 19, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Subhadra, has mentored many of us and inspired us so much, many of us are now advocates of gender equality because of the exposure we got through Gender Self Awareness. This has also led to continued reflection on what is required of us as activists of change and promoted buy in from stakeholders especially the boys and men. There is a general appreciation that achieving gender equality is a collective responsibility. I’m hopeful that Subhadra will win this award because she truly deserves it.

  31. Faith September 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Sudhara deserves to win this award because of her continued dedication, commitment and passion in addressing issues conerning women, the most marginalised child and human rights in general.

  32. Henry Aleko September 19, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    While the whole world today is be deviled with corruption, where everyone is seeking for self aggrandisement, Subahdra as a person is a champion of accountability and a crusader against corruption. She has managed to instil value system within the people she works with and her impeccable level of intergrity is a strong inspiration to all of us who are privilleged to work with her. She is the un sung HERO of the less previlleged in society and she is an epitome of equality.

  33. Juliet Waiswa September 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    This nomination comes at the right time. The relentless efforts that Subhadra has put in to create change among the communities that Plan Uganda operates in is remarkable. No wonder these efforts had to be rewarded. Your passion for positive and constructive change will change the whole nation and indeed your focus on gender will go along way in acheiving this. Just like the Ghanaian scholar, Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey said that if you educate a woman you educate a nation, having gender trainings within the Plan office has helped staff appreciate the role women play in society and this will steadily trickle down to the communitities that these staff interact with daily as they conduct their activities.

  34. Zaituna Asio September 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    “Walk the talk” are the right words I would use to describe Subhadra. She is one lady who has tranformed the lives of the people and Plan Uganda as an organisation into a gender sensitive environment favourable for the women. This has changed the personalities of staff that has further caused a great change in life styles even in families and societies they live. Long live Subhdra for the world has a lot to achieve from you.

  35. Sarah Hendriks September 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Subhadra is a dynamic woman who has inspired CHANGE in an organisation and amongst communities. her dedication, commitment and passion for human rights and gender equality are electric, and have left a deep impression that will last for many many years to come!

  36. Nabende Stephen Adams September 19, 2011 at 4:08 pm #

    Subhadra has demonstrated in her work a commitment to offer service for the deserving ones.She has uplifted the women empowerment in voicing out at her work places naturally for equal boys and girls participation and steering resource mobilization for the marginalized.
    The efforts exerted by Subhadra has provided opportunity to girls and boys that had lost hope and opportunity in this region of Africa that is recovering from a long war that had seriously devastated the northern part of Uganda. This has been realized through her close and passionate guidance on the rights based programming and exploring opportunities for giving them a chance as children

  37. Margaret Nakitto September 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    There is no doubt Subhadura will get to the top because it evident in what she has done to reduce gender inequaity that prevails in developing countries and together she has moved a step forward to sensitize all staff on gender issues which has transformed our behavours.

  38. Francis Kanku September 20, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    Francis Kanku Koky

    There is no surprise about Subhadra’s excellence in advocating for rights of children especially he girl child. She has done with passion and commitment to see the rights of all humans respected, fulfilled and promoted in Uganda. Bravo! Subhadra we are confident you will make on the top

  39. bijay bhatt September 20, 2011 at 5:10 am #

    Subhadra Belbase is a dynamic person with a drive to achieve. In addition she a leader and motivator who has the ability to inspire those around her. I wish her the best . She rightfully deserves this nomination.

  40. Jackline J Kasaija September 20, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Subhadra deserves this.

    “BIAAG” is one of the campaigns Subhadra has stood for. This campaign has made me realise myself as a woman. When I move out once in a while to the communities where Plan operates, I realise that women are discovering themselves, through Plan’s gender programmes, for which Subhadra has a passion. They speak out with confidence, and express themselves freely. We women are coming up because of people who have a passion for us like Subhadra. Look at the population of staff in Plan, the gender balance! We know our rights as women and employees! I could go on and on!

    Subhadra is the right candidate! No doubt.

  41. Musinguzi Edward September 20, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Subhadra is a woman who has exhibited alot of commitment to fight for gender equality and against t marginalisation of women in whatever she has said and done.
    As a CD, she has demonstrated that those without Intergrity have no place in the organisation, something that has fundamentally changed the way decisions are made. There is no doubt she is a great leader.

  42. Sujata Manandhar Basnyat September 20, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    She definitely deserves to be at the top due to her motivating nature and leadership skills. Children, specially girl child remained at the heart of Subhadra and she wants every girl child to be like her. She has worked a lot on Human Rights, Peace Building, Safe Migration and Anti Trafficking of Women and she conceptualizes most creative development initiatives where ever she works. Her commitments, motivating nature towards her staffs and prompt direction to achieve the goals are a part of her beauty and skills.

  43. Nakiingi Agnes September 20, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    The path of a champion is always visibily clear.This is evident with the GESA we successfuly had and ofcourse the BIAAG compain.These were so because they have been championed by the right person,subhadra.I believe she deserves it and will make it to the top.

    Cheers!

  44. Victoria Ateluna September 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Her commitment to justice, transparency, intergrity have earned her this nomination which indicates the eagle she is in flying high for the plight of the marginalised in our midst through building a highly dynamic efficient and motivated team to deliver the best services to the communities. Being the woman she is, who fought against all odds to make it to the top in this greatly patriarchial world, she has spearheaded campaigns against gender based disrimination through supporting various gender programmes in the organisation and I believe she will continue and make it to the mighty top.

  45. Judith Namata September 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Subhadra is soooo……… passionate about gender fairness. She is committed to the improvement of human rights of women and children especially the girl child and places their realization at the centre of her work. She will actually go an extra mile to make sure things are shaping up and happening for the good of women and children. A case in point is the alternative source of livelihood for the commercial sex workers. In addition is her contribution towards opening our eyes as plan staff on gender matters through gender self awareness. This has not only changed our attitude at the place of work but also in our homes.

  46. MaryStella Kanyago September 20, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    I would like to say that Subhadra was nominated for the right cause. Adding on to the fact that Uganda was the first to pilot the staff training on gender and conduct a gender self assesment. With Subhadra’s initiative i for the first time since i joined plan five years ago did a deeper analysis of the Oragnisations working documnets like the PU Long Term Plans to estabilsh the extnent to which they incorparate gender aspects, an agenda that had for long been talked about but practiced on a very small scale. The talk and walk towards gender equality became more pronouced when she started work in Uganda as Country Director.
    I was so touched when a little girl of 12 years testified on a microphone just after Subhadra’s speech during the global education week commemoration. “I would like to become a manager of an organisation protecting children from gender based violence particularly girls, from sexual violence” Said Winfred, 12 years. Subhadra’s effort has been felt by all particularly children who are our primary targets.

  47. Patrick Emukule September 20, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    Credit should be given where it deserves. Subhadra you derseve it! It’s evident in all you have done and are doing that you surely stand for the plight of the underprevilaged girls and women in our society. It’s through your deliberate efforts that girls and women have come to realize and enjoy their rights, with boys and men gradually but surely starting to appreciate gender equality and all its merits. Through the Gender Based Violence Project in Uganda an innitiative of your own, the children of our country now have an organized forum led by the girl child Winfred Athieno(15yrs)as Hon. Speaker, where they have sucessfully presented their petition to the Uganda parliamentary forum for children stopping violence against children, highlighting particularly sexual harassment and corporal punishment. The parliamentarians applauded the children’s movement and the commissioners for Ministry of education and gender present in perliament all pledged to table the education act under review to the general parliament for debate to incorporate children’s concerns in the petition. This is a great achievement in terms of advocacy, challenging duty bearers to act accordingly in providing justice to children especially the girl child greatly affected by societal impediments.

    BRAVO to Subhadra!

  48. Jessica Senyonjo September 20, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    Subhadra Belbase is both a journalist and a human rights activist who is passionate about women’s emancipation. Having met her when I joined Plan international in Uganda, I have witnessed her zeal to make a difference in the lives of women and girls who have been thrown upon the periphery of life.

    I have seen her tirelessly fundraise for the Rehabilitation of Commercial Sex Workers project in Uganda that has equipped almost 80 children exploited in commercial sex work with skills to engage in alternative means of livelihood; I have also noticed how instrumental she has been in encouraging women staff to take up senior level posts in various domains within the organization and at regional and international levels; not to mention that she was the first woman from a developing country, to hold a high level position in Plan international as Regional Director for the East and Southern Africa region (RESA) of Plan International.

    But what catches my attention most, is her published work Mero Nepal, which not only mirrors what most people in developing countries go through in contemporary life, but what women at different levels – whether you are a mother, a house wife or a working lady face during their days of pilgrimage. The cultural prejudice of a barren woman, the social discrimination of a poor family and the fears and threats of a rich man’s wife, name it, as a woman, you just cannot fail to find your fit in the book. And as one commentator aptly put it, Subhadra, “concerns herself with women in most of her stories, depicting them with honest compassion and grit- they are portrayed either as victims of their own time or villains produced from circumstances. They come in a multitude of roles – a protective mother, suffering wife and a scarred career woman”. The book is now a reference tool to a number of women activists in my country. Subhadra is indeed an unsung hero and one of those few women to reckoned with.

    Keep up the good fight!

  49. Emopus Maureen Flossie September 21, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Subhadra’s nomination is seen pride for Plan Uganda,The great work she has done in the field of gender speaks for it’s self.All the best dear.

  50. Eva September 21, 2011 at 8:19 am #

    Of course – to all the women here (Margaret being the LeadWoman) , we positively nod to her assertiveness on gender issues and who else other than her put lots of emphasis on the same? I’m glad we’ve had the opportunity to benefit from her passion thru (various) gender sensitization/foras in turn organized and implemented by the gender team. Bravo to Subhadra she deserves the Nomination

  51. John Rwomubitooke September 21, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    Subhadra is very passionate about gender equality. The gender awareness trainings and the GESA revealed to most of us that we were gender blind. This initiative made most of us gender literate. I take this opportunity to wish her the best.

  52. Taremwa Johnson September 21, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Subhadra continues to promote human rights especially girls and women’s rights. Her insatiable passion for seeing the girls and women better cannot be matched. Subhadra is also sensitive about gender equality at the workplace. All Plan Uganda have through gender awareness trainings to promote positive gender behaviuors at office and more so to appreciate gender equality. Well done Subhadra and I wish you the best

  53. Florence Opia September 21, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Subhadra has truly been a great mentor, motivator in her role in Plan Uganda. She has directed our thinking in the fight against gender inequality and Girl Child Right.

  54. Robert Wafula September 21, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    Dave Barry, while commenting on the greatest woman of the world once said,
    “If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant’s life, she will choose to save the infant’s life without even considering if there are men on base”.
    Subhadra has passionately campaigned to end Gender Based violence and marginalization of girls through, Because I am a girl campaigns (BIAAG) in Uganda. She succeeded in creating an effective and efficient team for Plan Uganda that is supporting the government to reduce poverty in families. An advocate of hard work she gives rewards for high performance, honesty transparence and high integrity. She has demonstrated good leadership skills in her excellent communications across the board. Subhadra is a good social mobilizer, the first of Uganda’s country directors who managed to mobilize resources locally from internal staff to support Victims of the Haiti Earthquake
    I nominate Suhadra as the top most contributer to changing the lives of children, men and women in the world

  55. Philip Oringo September 21, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    This is long over due, some people deserve creditit where it is due. subahdra is one who will not compromise with double standards, she is commited to seeing a change for the best in the lives of other people, and most especially women and children. championing the BIAAG in uganda has changed the kwowledge attitude and practice of Plan staff and the communities where Plan operates. Good people deserve good things, go for it subahdra. wish you all the best.

  56. Agaster Ofamba September 21, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Subhadra is a person who has exhibited alot of commitment to cause change amongt the marginalized and the perpetrators. She has demonstrated this as a country director something that has fundamentally changed the way decisions are made. There is no doubt she is a great leader.

  57. Juliet Nandyose September 21, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Juliet Nandyose

    Wow! It is a great moment for people to appreciate and talk about your good deeds while you are still alive.

    Subhadra has trully faught wars for the voiceless to bridge the gap in gender inequalities. she walks the talk and this inspires many of us she leads to take it up.

    I admire her cauragious nature when dealing with issues concerning violation of rights as she
    doesn’t mind what action and thoughts others will have towards her (trained soldier).

    Reply.

  58. Kiwate Ntalo September 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Wow!No doubt that she deserves the recognition because she has made Plan Uganda staff champions of human rights She has put in alot of effort in mobilization of resources to support Girl Child Education here in uganda.Its my prayer that she wins this award.

  59. Jim Gibson September 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm #

    Selecting only 100 women worldwide who have helped change the world (for the better) through the power of their character, passion and commitment is limiting and a challenge. Nonetheless, I wholeheartedly endorse Subhadra Belbase for recognition as a true unseen powerful force for change in the world. Subhadra has been at it (human development/human rights) for many years and she continues to serve the less fortunate, and advocate for the rights of the marginalized. She is a courageous, straightforward leader and voice in standing up for what is right and just. Subhadra has been instrumental in bringing about real change in gender relations, beginning within the workforce and partners of Plan Uganda, and progressively within the families and communities where Plan Uganda works. Subharda is a role model that inspires many other women (and men) and this “ripple effect” has made a tangible impact far beyond the boundaries of communities where Plan Uganda works and long after Subhadra’s physical presence there.

  60. Gezahegn Kebede September 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Subhadra’s commitment and drive to gender equality is superb. She has time and again demonstrated it in practice. I fully support her nomination.

  61. wambz September 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    Subhadra is the Gender Equality Champion wherever she goes…I remember her championing the same rights slightly over ten year back when she was the RESA Regional Director. It is in her blood and walks the talk in this area. Four years back after rejoining Plan, the face of the Plan Uganda CMT changed when Subhadra deliberately ensured that there was equal gender representation. Subhadra Belbase derseves the award by merit!

  62. Hephzibah Beulah September 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Subhadra is an icon to reckon with any day, any time! She is a leader with passion, love, support and great wisdom. I am amazed at her great understanding of different subjects, her strategic thinking, the encouragement she gives to all the teams she works with. She is creative, critical, dependable and analytical thinker. She is hard working and motivated. Very principled and guided by values. She is honest, ethical and very well respected.

  63. Suzan Nanteza September 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    When it comes to protecting/fighting for the rights of the Girl child and promoting gender equality, there is no one i know who is passionate about it like Subhadra! She has endevoured to make staff aware of their rights both at the workplace and in thier homes. Being the woman she is, i believe that she is the right person for the award.

  64. Elizabeth Naisikwe September 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    Subhadra deverves to win because all her campaigns are geared towards making a change in the lives of vulnerable children, marginalised women, men and the love for her team. Making sure that all these understand and enjoy their rights. Best wishes.

  65. Monica Nyakwera September 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    Subhadra’s commitment to gender equality is enormous. She has ensured that all of us at Plan Uganda know our gender rights and boldly stand up for them. It is amazing that Subhadra is not carried away by the love for women’s rights. she is very sensitive to boys’/men’s rights as well! All she dreams of and strives for is fairness and equal treatment for girls/women and boys/men. I will not be surprised if she wins this award because she deserves to win

  66. MHussein (@Mohamed_Hussein) September 21, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Commitment to gender equality is not new to Subhadra. Gender Equality is in her agenda since she joined Plan and I beleive she (directly / indirectly) helped many (men/women) to understand / respect each others role in life. I fully support this nomination and wish you all the best Subhadra.

    • Agnes Kabaikya September 23, 2011 at 9:39 am #

      Subhadra has not only touched and changed women lives in Uganda, but also in Bangladesh, Kenya, Egypt and her home country in Nepal. Where ever she has been, her zeal and consistency towards uplifting lives of women and girls’ welbeing, be it in society, the work place has never changed. She deserves the recognition.

  67. Doris Akello September 22, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    If ever you are looking for a woman of noble character, with a passion to ensure the most vulnerable and hard to rich girls in Africa realize their rights to survival, development, participation and protection, look for Subhadra , the Country Director of Plan Uganda, I am proud and happy that she has been part of my life experience. Subhadra has inspired us in many ways particularly in ensuring gender is mainstreamed in our processes and indeed a role model to many of us in Plan Uganda

  68. Sam Norgah September 23, 2011 at 12:07 am #

    Great leaders inspire and commit themselves to make a positive impact on the world around them. Subhadra has shown (and continue to show) commitment and drive towards issues of gender equality. She’s passionate about equal opportunities and a better life for all. What a better way to crown your many years of serving the under-privileged? Congratulations, Subhadra, we are all behind. Go for Gold.

  69. Mupenzi Alfred September 23, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    I have had a chance to interact with Subhadra for at least two times i visited Plan Uganda. Her talk reveals a lot in terms of her passion for Gender Equality. No wonder we are all behind her with these messages.

  70. Mupenzi Alfred September 23, 2011 at 6:38 am #

    Once in the sub-regional workshop on Plan Global Campaigns LWF, BIAAG and UBR in Uganda, I witnessed Subhadra’s passion as an advocate and activist in the promotion of the rights of the most vulnerable.

  71. Sam Norgah September 23, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    Great leaders aspire to make a positive impact on the world around them. In a world of inequality and social injustice, we need people with the the passion and readiness to spearhead the call for a just world. Subhadra has demonstrated over the years her passion for gender equality. She has challenged and inspired people around her to take the issue of equality seriously. There’s no better way to crown your many years of serving the under-privileged than to be named among the world 100 unseen powerful leaders. We are all behind you, Go for GOLD, Subhadra

  72. Emasit Sam September 23, 2011 at 8:47 am #

    Am really very very happy for Subhadra. For she spearheaded fight of corruption in Plan Uganda, by saving children’s fund from being mismanaged. Promoted affirmative action for women in Plan. I therefore, consider her to be amongst the 100 heroes in Plan International. Thus support her to be nominated. Success – Success – Success

  73. Dorcus Namuddu September 23, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    It’s really great as a woman worldwide to fight for our rights especially the most oppressed! I trust you commitment to that effect! Otherwise, with no doubt, I highly stand behind you to support your nomination! Success!

  74. Sam Gamubaka September 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I would like to sincerely thank Subhadra for the great work she has done in sensitizing the staff on gender equality in Plan Uganda. It has been a great pleasure that everyone learnt alot which has informed our behaviours, practices and perceptions to gender equality. Subhadra i stand firm behind you for your success. All the best!

  75. arunbelbase September 26, 2011 at 5:12 am #

    Subhadra Belbase is a true leader, she is the one who made us believe that if opportunities are provided equally, women can work better with greater responsibility. She is an excellent motivator, superb leader and respected person I have ever came across. She is full of positive energy. I truly believed that her selection in the top 100 powerful women in the world is right step towards giving her back what she has done to inspire us to do better for better world.

  76. Diptika Khanal September 26, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    I am extremely happy for Subhadra. She is a woman of great influence. It is because of her that today, I am in the land of opportunity (USA) to pursue my bachelor’s degree. My grand mamma, having got married at the age of 12 did not receive a good education and always desired me to be like Subhadra Belbase who indeed is my idol. I come from a society where girls are meant to get married early and take care of their family. However, all thanks to Subhadra, I got an opportunity to break the norm of the society and pursue a good education. In order to get a good education, my father sent my brother to one of the best schools in India. It was Subhadra who explained and, urged my father to send me to India as well to seek the best high school education. All thanks to Subhadra for standing up for me then, and giving me a life time opportunity. Getting a good education from India was a key that opened many doors of opportunity for me. Getting a good education enabled me to further excel in life. I received a visa and, came to USA to pursue my bachelor’s degree. There are no words to explain how grateful I am to this lady for being a role model to so many young girls like me. She is a true champion who definitely deserves this award!

  77. Mattias Bryneson September 27, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    I am very proud that our Country Director made the top 100 list. The award more than deserved and during my year in Plan Uganda I can say that Subhadra is an inspirational woman leader and a very strong advocate not only for gender equality and women’s rights but for inclusion, non-discrimination and the rights of children and marginalised groups around the world. Subhadra always speaks directly from the heart with a strong voice for excluded girls and boys and her contribution and leadership to Plan Uganda programmes and organisation cannot be overestimated!

  78. Patrick Adupa September 28, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    Dear Subhadra,

    Your infatuation for children and inspiration for staff is one of the unique peculiarities which discern you from many Country Directors I have meet in the course of working to promote the rights of children and gender equality in Africa.

    The launch of “Because I’m a girl (BIAAG)” in Uganda on September 28th, 2011 and the attendance of the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda – Hon Rebecca Kadaga as the chief Quest at your personal invitation, is yet another testimony of your charisma that allure many men and women of different professions to join the fight for equality and dignity for all vulnerable children and women in Uganda.

    You truly deserve our applause

  79. Hamimu Masudi October 4, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Her’s is a call to serve: she is down to earth, brave, accessible and ready to take up new innitiatives. She has spear headed the piloting of Gender Equality and Empowerment programmes in the whole of the 68 country offices Plan International works. She speaks to inspire, influence and challenge unequall socially established orders.

    I believe being one of the only 2 women Country director in the 12 countries of Plan International Region of Eastern and Southern Africa speaks for itself: she has broken barriers, gotten into men “reserved positions” and been exemplory to the rest. I cant wait to experience how you going to drive the scheduled Because I am A Girl Campaign.

    Recorgnizing Subhadrah will go far in enhancing her struggle for gender equality and women empowerment.

  80. Elizabeth Amuge October 17, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Subhadra is an inspiring leader and a champion of gender equality, i like the way she walks the talk and means what she says about gender issues. We are proud of her. Subhadra surely deserves this recognition

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