The BBC has released a list of 100 most inspiring and influential women in the world for 2021.
This year’s list of 100 women includes women working to refine our society, our culture and our world.
Also on the list are the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, Samoa’s first female prime minister Fiame Naomi Matafa, Heidi J. Larson, head professor of the Vaccine Confidence Project, and well-known author Chimamanda Nagoji Adichi.
Half of this year’s list includes women from Afghanistan. For security reasons, some of them have used pseudonyms and no photos have been kept. When the Taliban returned to power in August 2021, the lives of millions of Afghans were changed – girls were denied access to secondary education, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs was disbanded and many women were barred from working in the future.
This year’s list honors the courage and achievements of Afghan women.
The BBC has released a list of 100 most inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2021.