WeAreTheCity and Visa are excited to unveil the 2024 Visa Everywhere Pioneer 20 list.

Launched on World Refugee Day, WeAreTheCity and Visa called for nominations to shine a spotlight on the tireless efforts of 20 incredible refugee women who were giving back and supporting their communities across Europe. We received the most incredible stories of resilience, tenacity and strength. We would like to thank everyone who nominated and who was nominated for sharing your stories with our judges.

This distinguished list features incredible women who are breaking stigmas and stereotypes, advocating for change, and empowering women and girls by transforming narratives and lives. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the honorees for their exemplary roles in their communities.

View our 2024 Visa Everywhere Pioneer 20 below

  • It’s a privilege to celebrate the remarkable women featured in this year’s Visa Everywhere Pioneer 20 recognition programme. Each nomination we receive serves as a heartwarming example of how these trailblazers inspire others, break down barriers and create meaningful change. These women not only overcome personal hardships but actively reshape narratives to empower women and girls around the world. I extend my gratitude to WeAreTheCity for partnering on this vital initiative – congratulations to everyone involved.

    Mandy Lamb
    Managing Director Visa UK & Ireland
  • I am delighted to have the opportunity to shine a spotlight on the incredible achievements of refugee women for the second year.  We received an incredible response to our listing in 2023 and our celebrations of these women were hugely impactful in terms of sharing their respective campaigns, charities, and initiatives.  I am very much looking forward to reading this year’s nominations and chairing our panel of esteemed judges.

    Vanessa Vallely OBE
    Founder of WeAreTheCity

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