You might know their cause but you probably have never seen their faces. Here are the eight women who are pushing through incredible initiatives, changing social norms, enforcing environmental priorities and breaking down gender barriers – all in an effort to make the world a better place.
Founder, president and executive director of EcoKnights
Environmental efforts in Malaysia are like roadmaps without enough signposts – they’re getting somewhere, somehow, but pressing issues like reducing carbon emissions or even the banning of plastic bags are still buried under other national agendas. An ecological catastrophe is imminent, and the founder of EcoKnights, Yasmin Rasyid, is pleading with the world to go easy on the planet.
Yasmin is winning one small victory at a time – the marine biologist by profession started off in WWF Malaysia in 1997 as a scientific officer, heading the water quality research of the Selangor river basin before educating youth, corporate leaders and the community on sustainability through EcoKnights (an environmental organisation that supports all national and international programmes) since 2005. Also the chairperson for Malaysian Environmental NGOS (MENGO) from 2013 to 2015, she’s helped design projects like the conservation of Sungai Bunus with DBKL and PEMANDU, the livelihood programme for Orang Asal Seletar, and the construction of rainwater harvesting systems in marginalised homes. A global consciousness is vital to enact bigger improvements but Yasmin is confident that starting small – even by encouraging apathetic Malaysians – will eventually pay huge environmental dividends over time.
Full list can be found here: https://www.timeout.com/kuala-lumpur/things-to-do/eight-local-women-we-should-celebrate