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As part of the 2017 International Women's Day, a call for nominations was launched in February 2017 to recognize Geneva-based individuals’ commitment and contribution to the advancement and support of gender equality and women's empowerment in the field of environment. An exhibition celebrating their achievements was launched on 8 March 2017, at the International Environment House.

Marisol Estrella coordinates the Disaster Risk Reduction portfolio in the Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch of UN Environment. She is passionate about inspiring both young women and men in becoming agents of positive change and is a strong role model for her colleagues. Marisol is  an active member of the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction, a global coalition of 24 organizations, which advocates for healthy ecosystems in building people’s resilience to disasters and climate change. She also coordinates a partnership for strengthening environmental management in the oil and gas sector. She has trained over 600 individuals from 42 countries and assisted both governments and local communities. She holds a Masters with Distinction in Environment, Development and Policy and a Bachelors with First Class Honours in Anthropology and Environmental Studies.

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