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100 Women
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Status Active
Frequency Annually
Years active 4
Inaugurated 22 October 2013 (2013-10-22)
Most recent 22 November 2016 (2016-11-22)
Website 100 Women

100 Women is a BBC multi-format series established in 2013. The series examines the role of women in the 21st century and has included events in London[1] and Mexico.[2][3] After the list was unveiled, it was the start of "BBC's women season", lasting for three weeks, which included broadcast, online reports, debates and journalism on the topic of women.[4] Women from throughout the world are encouraged to participate via Twitter and comment on the list, as well as the interviews and debates which follow release of the list.[5]


After the 2012 Delhi gang rape, then BBC Controller Liliane Landor,[6] BBC editor Fiona Crack[7] and other journalists, were inspired to create a series focusing on the issues and achievements of women in society today.[8] They felt that many of the issues women were facing were not getting in-depth coverage and in March 2013, BBC received a "flood of feedback from female listeners" that the BBC provide more "content from and about women."[9]

The BBC launched this series in 2013 to address the under-representation of women in the media.[8][10] Women to participate in the first program were chosen by survey in 26 different language services.[9] Programming ran over the course of a month, culminating in a conference held on 25 October, in which 100 women from across the world discussed issues they shared. A wide range of topics were debated covering employment challenges, feminism, motherhood, and religion,[11] to examine both the cultural and social challenges women faced in living their lives.[12]

The series has since covered many topics, including education, healthcare, equal pay, genital mutilation, domestic violence, and sexual abuse[13] and seeks to provide women with a platform to discuss how to improve the world and eliminate sexism.[14] Women included on the list are from around the globe who are involved in diverse fields of endeavor.[15] Women who are already famous are included, as well as people who are less known.[16][17]



In 2017 the women on the list will be part of the 100 Women Challenge, tackling some of the biggest problems facing women around the world. Coming together in four teams, the women will share their experiences and create innovative ways to tackle:

  • The glass ceiling (#Teamlead)
  • Female illiteracy (#Teamread)
  • Street harassment (#Teamgo)
  • Sexism in sport (#Teamplay)

Glass ceiling team[edit]

Image Name Country of Birth Description[18]
Acuddy.jpg Amy Cuddy U.S. Harvard social psychologist and bestselling author
Erin Akinci U.S. Data scientist
Jin Xing China Dancer, TV star and business owner
Lea Coligado U.S. Software engineer
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie U.S. Executive Director of the Clayman Institute, Stanford University
Maci Peterson U.S. Co-Founder and CEO, On Second Thought
Mariana Feraru Romania Cosmetician
Marina Potoker Russia Managing Director, Rockwool Russia
Michelle Mone (Ultimo founder) 2013.jpg Michelle Mone UK Entrepreneur
Muhabbat Sharapova Uzbekistan Maths teacher
Natalia Margolis U.S. Software Engineer at Huge agency
Romina Bernardo (aka Chocolate Remix) Argentina Musician
Roya Ramezani Iran Design strategist
Rumman Chowdhury U.S. Senior Principal at Accenture AI
Susi Pudjiastuti.jpg Susi Pudjiastuti Indonesia Politician and entrepreneur
Savita Devi India Drummer
Loujain Alhathloul.jpg Loujain Alhathloul Saudi Arabia Student
Elaine Welteroth American Editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue
Melisa Marquez-Rodriguez Puerto Rico Lead Android engineer for website builder, Weebly.com
Nana Akua Oppong Birmeh Ghana Architect
Sasha Perigo U.S. Student
Ruiz, Maria Teresa -FILSA 2015 10 29 fRF01.jpg Maria Teresa Ruiz Chile Astronomer
Suzanne Doyle-Morris Australia Author and expert on gender in the workplace
Marilyn Loden U.S. Author, management consultant and diversity advocate
Agnes Atim Apea Uganda Founder and CEO of Hope Co-ops

Female illiteracy team[edit]

Image Name Country of Birth Description[18]
Aditi Avasthi India Entrepreneur; Founder and CEO, Embibe
Huynh Thi Xam Vietnam Librarian
Indira Rana Magar Nepal Founder, Prisoner's Assistance Nepal
Ira Trivedi at IITD (cropped).jpg Ira Trivedi India Writer
Maggie MacDonnell Canada Teacher
Mariéme Jamme.jpg Marieme Jamme Senegal Founder of iamtheCODE
Mehroonisa Siddiqui India Homemaker
Portrait Michelle Bachelet.jpg Michelle Bachelet Chile President of Chile
Nitya Thummalachetty India Director of Diversity, FortunaPIX
Peggy Whitson.jpg Peggy Whitson U.S. Astronaut
Priyanka Roy India Student
Sakena Yaccobi with Muhammad Yunus.jpg Sakena Yacoobi Afghanistan CEO of Afghan Institute for Learning and social entrepreneur with four private schools and one radio station.
Tulika Kiran India Teacher and social worker
Urvashi Sahni India Founder and CEO, Study Hall Educational Foundation
Zainab Fadhal Iraq Student
SWF 2008 photo.jpg Vicky Colbert Colombia Sociologist of education
Muzoon Almellehan - Global Citizen Festival Hamburg 01.jpg Muzoon Almellehan Syria Activist
Lin Nien-Tzu Taiwan Founder, Dharti Mata Sustainable Workshop
Frances Melanie Hardinge UK Author
Okonjo-Iweala.jpg Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Nigeria Economist
Ahlam al-Rashid Syria Teacher and Head of the Women Empowerment Centre, northern Syria
Regina Honu.jpg Regina Honu Ghana Social entrepreneur
Angeline Murimirwa Zimbabwe Regional executive director, Camfed Southern & Eastern Africa
Bella Devyatkina Russia Polyglot
Tran Thi Kim Thia Vietnam Lottery ticket vendor and swimming coach

Street harassment team[edit]

Image Name Country of Birth Description[18]
Adelle Onyango Kenya Radio Presenter
Anita Nderu Kenya TV presenter and radio news anchor
Flatt Imefidon Murphy (cropped).jpg Anne-Marie Imafidon UK CEO & 'Head Stemette' at Stemettes
Chaima Lahsini Morocco Journalist
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf February 2015.jpg Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Liberia President of Liberia
Ellie Cosgrave UK Lecturer in Urban Innovation and Policy at UCL
Laura Jordan Bambach Australia Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Mr President and Co-Founder, SheSays
Liz Kelly UK Professor of Sexualised Violence
Maria Scorodinschi Moldova Campaigner against domestic violence
Naomi Mwaura Kenya Founder, Flone Initiative and Communications Associate at ITDP Africa
Resham Khan UK Student
Rupi Kaur India Author
Talent Jumo Zimbabwe Founder and Director, Katswe Sistahood
Tiwa Savage's studio portrait.jpg Tiwa Savage Nigeria Singer-songwriter
Virali Modi India Disability rights activist and youth ambassador
Leila Smith France Artist
Sharon Sabita Beepath UK Counsellor
Amanda Nunez-Ferreira U.S. Student
Somporn Khempetch Thailand Social worker and teacher
Tamara De Anda Mexico Journalist
Doris Muthoni Wanjira Kenya Conductor
Hanne Bingle Denmark Retired London Underground driver
Nihal Saad Zaghloul Egypt Business development officer and co-founder of Bassma
Angie Ng Canada Founder of SlutWalk Hong Kong
Asena Melisa Saglam Turkey Student

Sexism in sport team[edit]

Image Name Country of Birth Description[18]
Adriana behar.jpg Adriana Behar Brazil General Manager of Sport Planning for the Brazilian Olympic Committee since 2011
Ana Luiza Santos de Andrade Brazil Student
Beatriz Vaz E Silva Brazil Athlete
Claudianny Drika Brazil Football coach
Fernanda Nunes Brazil Olympic canoeist and blogger
Grace Larsen U.S. Retired civil servant
Luiza Travassos Brazil Student
Maira Liguori Brazil NGO director
MC Soffia Brazil Rapper
Mithali Raj Truro 2012.jpg Mithali Raj India Cricketer
Momina Mustehsan Pakistan Musician
Nadia Comăneci Montreal1976c.jpg Nadia Comaneci Romania Olympian
Nawaal Akram Qatar Model, comedian and founder of Muscular Dystrophy Qatar
Nora Tausz Ronai Italy Architect and teacher
Arsenal LFC v Kelly Smith All-Stars XI (189) (cropped).jpg Steph Houghton UK Footballer
Jayanthi Kuru Utumpala waving the Sri Lankan flag on the summit of Mount Everest on 21st May 2016.jpg Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala Sri Lanka Women's rights activist and mountaineer
Cwengekile Nikiwe Myeni South Africa Gogo (granny) support programme manager
Helena Pacheco Brazil Businesswoman and former football coach
Rocky Hehakaija The Netherlands Director Favela Street Foundation and motivational speaker and coach
Lina Khalifeh Jordan Martial arts expert
Nguyễn Thị Tuyết Dung Vietnam Footballer
Derartu Tulu Ethiopia Long distance runner
Shantona Rani Roy Bangladesh Activist
Hou Yifan (29762728494).jpg Hou Yifan China Chess player


The 2016 theme was Defiance.[16] Part of the 100 Women festival took place in Mexico City on this year.[19] The 2016 list was published in alphabetical order.[20]

Image Name Nationality Description
AliciaKeys2013.jpg Alicia Keys American Singer, songwriter, pianist, actress, record producer and philanthropist
Aline Mukovi Neema Congolese Student activist for political change
Amna Suleiman Palestinian Protester against custom that stops women cycling
Amy Roko Saudi Comedian who became known via Instagram and Vine
Asel Sadyrova Kyrgyz Archer
Ashwaq Moharram Yemeni Doctor dealing with starvation in Hudaydah
Babs Forman British London based make-up artist who covers up skin problems
Becci Wain British Former self-harmer who challenged supermarket policy
Aristegui.jpg Carmen Aristegui Mexican journalist
Carolina de Oliveira Syrian Mental health activist
Cat Hulbert American Professional gambler
Chan Yuen Ting.JPG Chan Yuen-ting Hong Kong football manager[21]
Chanira Bajracharya Nepalese Former "living goddess" or Kumari
Churan Zheng Chinese Women's rights activist arrested for planning protest against sexual harassment on public transportation
Cindy Meston Canadian Clinical psychology professor
Conchi Rios.png Conchi Reyes Rios Spanish Bullfighter (es)
Corinne MAIER.jpg Corinne Maier France French writer
Dalia Sabri Jordanian Blind music teacher
Denise Ho Dear Friend Concert 2016 1.jpg Denise Ho Hong Kong Pop icon[21]
Doaa el-Adl Egyptian Cartoonist of cat whose stories reflect the news
Dwi Handa Indonesian Fashion star
Egge Kande Senegalese Community leader who advises young girls about education
Ellinah Ntombi Wamukoya Swaziland First woman to become a bishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
Gold award winner .jpg Erin McKenney American Science award winner
Erin Sweeny Australian rape psychologist
Evelyn Miralles at NASA.jpg Evelyn Miralles Venezuelan NASA engineer
Funke Bucknor-Obruthe[22] Nigerian Planner of glitzy and celebrity weddings
Gcina Mhlope 5.jpg Gcina Mhlope[23] South African Author, poet, playwright and storyteller
Gouri Chindarkar Indian Computer engineering student of the "School in the Cloud"
Heather Rabbatts Jamaican Chief Executive of the London Borough of Lambeth
Festival des Vieilles Charrues 2014 - Christine and the Queens - 016.jpg Heloise Letissier French French singer and songwriter known by her stage name Christine and the Queens
Ieshia Evans American Black protester
Isabella Springmuhl Tejada Guatemalan Fashion designer
Iskra Lawrence British Model
Jamilah Lemieux at Brooklyn Museum 2015.png Jamilah Lemieux American Cultural commentator
Jane Elliott American Anti-racism activist
Janet O'Sullivan.jpg Janet Ní Shuilleabháin Irish Abortion rights campaigner
Jeanette Winterson 02.JPG Jeanette Winterson British novelist
Judi Aubel American Social entrepreneur
June Nwando Eric-Udorie at Girl Summit 2014 (14538262739) (cropped).jpg June Eric-Udorie Irish Student activist
Karima Baloch.png Karima Baloch Pakistani independence campaigner
Kartika Jahja headshot.png Kartika Jahja Indonesian gender-equality singer
Katherine Johnson in 2008.jpg Katherine Johnson American Space scientist who was a mathematician for NASA
Kathy Murray American "surrendered wife"
Khadija Ismayilova.jpg Khadija Ismayilova Azerbaijani Journalist
Lhakpa Sherpa Nepalese Mountaineer who has climbed Everest seven times.
Lilane Landor of BBC.png Liliane Landor Lebanese BBC journalist
Liv Little British Magazine editor
Lois Strong American Cheerleader
Lubna Tahtamouni Jordanian Science campaigner
Lucy Finch Malawi hospice founder (only one in Malawi)
Mallika Srinivasan - Chairman and CEO TAFE.jpg Mallika Srinivasan Indian tractor manufacturer
Mao Kobayashi Japanese Cancer blogger
Mariana Costa 17 Nov 2016.png Mariana Costa Peruvian Businesswoman
Marne Levine Suicide Prevention Press Event (cropped).jpg Marne Levine American COO of Instagram
Marta Sánchez Soler Mexican Sociologist
Marta Vieira da Silva 2013.jpg Marta Vieira da Silva Brazilian Footballer
'Mary' Kenyan Survivor of al-Shabab rape
Mary Akrami.png Mary Akrami Afghan Refuge founder
Megan Beveridge Scottish First female "lone piper" at the Edinburgh Tattoo
Mercedes Doretti Argentine Forensic anthropologist who investigates crimes against humanity
Morena Herrera Savadorian Abortion activist
Nadia Khiari Tunisian Cartoonist of ‘Willis from Tunis’, whose adventures are about the news
Nadiya Hussain British Winner of reality show "Bake Off" – went on to TV jobs
Naema Ahmed.jpg Naema Ahmed Pakistani Start-up manager
Nagira Sabashova Kyrgyz Wrestler
Natalia Ponce de León interview.png Natalia Ponce de Leon Colombian Acid attack victim
Nay el-Rahi Lebanese Harassment tracker
Neha Singh Indian Campaigner who encourages women to ignore harassment and reclaim the public space
Omotade Alalade Nigerian Infertility foundation creator
Ou Xiaobai Chinese App developer which links gay and lesbian people for marriages of convenience
Pashtun Rahmat Afghan Police officer
Paula Hawkins Göteborg Book Fair 2015.jpg Paula Hawkins Zimbabwean Thriller writer of "Girl on the Train"
Prathiba Parmar Kenyan British film maker
Rachida dati.jpg Rachida Dati French Politician
Rakefet Russak-Aminoach Israeli Banker
Rebeccawalker.jpg Rebecca Walker American Writer and activist
Reham el-Hour Moroccan Cartoonist who became professional after winning a UNESCO competition in 2000
Renee Rabinowitz Belgian Lawyer who sued the El Al airline when she was asked to move as the man next to her objected to sitting by a female passenger
Saalumarada Thimmakkaj.jpg Saalumarada Thimmakka Indian 105 year old environmentalist who has managed trees
SeyhanArman.jpg Seyhan Arman Turkish Transgender activist
SherinKhankan-2011.jpg Sherin Khankan Danish Imam
Shirin Gerami Iranian First woman triathlete in Iran
Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera.jpg Shriti Vadera Ugandan Banker who served as UK minister
Sian Williams Rugby.jpg Sian Williams Welsh Rugby player
Simone Biles at the 2016 Olympics all-around gold medal podium (28262782114).jpg Simone Biles American Olympic gymnast
Stephanie harvey crop.jpg Stephanie Harvey Canadian Professional e-gamer "missharvey"
Mia Yim at Smash Canusa.jpg Stephanie Yim Bell American Korean-American professional wrestler known as Jade
Sunny Leone snapped post shoot at Mehboob Studio 2.jpg Sunny Leone Canadian Actress
Traci Houpapa New Zealand Company director
Um-Yehia Syrian Nurse
Viktoria Modesta Altered Beauty2016 01.png Viktoria Modesta Latvian Iconic pop artist
Winnie Harlow 2015.jpg Winnie Harlow Canadian Model
Yasmine Mustafa Kuwaiti Entrepreneur
Yuliya Rusanova Istanbul 2012.jpg Yuliya Stepanova Russian Whistle-blowing athlete
Zoleka Mandela 2.jpg Zoleka Mandela South African Writer – survivor of addictions, sexual abuse and cancer. Grand daughter of Nelson Mandela.
Zulaikha Patel South African Thirteen year-old who took stand for young girls with natural hair
Tess Asplund Swedish Anti-fascism activist caught in iconic photo resisting fascists
Thuli Madonsela[23] South African Advocate who combats corruption
Maria Zakharova Russian Foreign ministry spokeswoman


The BBC News 100 Women list in 2015 was made up of many notable international names,[24] as well as women who were unknown, but who represented issues women face. The women of 2015, were from 51 countries and were not necessarily those who would traditionally have been seen as role models—a woman suffering from depression, a woman who advocates for equal access to bathroom facilities, a woman who encourages other women to avoid make-up, and a reindeer nomad.[25]

Image Name Country Occupation
Nicola Adams boxing at London 2012.jpg Nicola Adams UK boxer
Muzoon Almellehan 2016.jpg Muzzon al-Mellehan Syria Activist
Siba Alaradi Syria Structural engineer
Antonia Albert Austria Entrepreneur
Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh.jpeg Sonita Alizadeh[26] Afghanistan Rapper
Victoria Alonsoperez 2013 (cropped).png Victoria Alonsoperez Uruguay Entrepreneur
Niloufar Ardalan Iran Footballer
Paulina Arreola Mexico Entrepreneur
Masoumeh Ataei Iran Acid attack survivor
Xyza Cruz Bacani -Professional Photographer-.jpg Xyza Bacani Philippines Photographer
Alimata Bara Burkina Faso Trader
Sana Ben Ashour Tunisia Civil society activist
Nicky Benedetti.jpg Nicola Benedetti UK Musician
Meryl Benitah France Entrepreneur
Deputy Prosecutor.jpg Fatou Bensouda Gambia International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor
Ashaji.jpg Asha Bhosle[17] India Singer
Cecilia Bouzat.jpg Cecilia Bouzat Argentina Biophysicist
Bobbi Brown at 2009 Heart Truth fashion show.jpg Bobbi Brown Make-up artist and entrepreneur
Naomi Bya’Ombe Congo Student
Rivka Carmi 301108 087.jpg Rivka Carmi Israel Geneticist
Massiel Chávez Venezuela Student
Eveles Chimala Malawi Midwife
Estela de Carlotto 17 Bienal Rio de Janeiro 1.jpg Estela de Carlotto Argentina Human rights activist
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma 2014.png Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma South African Physician and chair of the African Union Commission
Isabel dos Santos Angola Investor
Leimin Duong Australia Beer entrepreneur
Ernestina Edem Appiah Ghana Social entrepreneur, founder Ghana Code Club
Aissa Edon Malian-France Midwife
Jana Elhassan Lebanon Novelist
Nawal El Saadawi 02.JPG Nawal el-Sadaawi Egypti Writer
Paula Escobar (cropped).jpg Paula Escobar Chile Magazine editor
Monir Portrait-exh ph021.jpg Monir Farmanfarmaian Iran Artist
Claire Fox of Moral Maze (cropped).png Claire Fox UK Writer and broadcaster
Elissa Freiha United Arab Emirates Entrepreneur
Uta Frith.jpg Uta Frith Germany Psychologist
Melanie Goldsmith UK Entrepreneur
Alina Gracheva Moldova Camerawoman
Megan Grano United States Comedian
Alice Gray UK Science blogger
Sara Jane Ho, AD magazine Dec 2014 issue.jpg Sara Jane Ho Hong Kong Entrepreneur
Michaela Hollywood UK Fundraiser for the disabled
Ella Ingram[26] Australian activist for mental illness anti-discrimination Ninth row
Ayesha Ishtiaq Pakistan Student
Somayya Jabarti Saudi Arabia Newspaper editor
Azza Jadalla Palestine Nurse
Misraa Jimaa Ethiopia Health extension worker
Samantha John programmer 03.png Samantha John American Entrepreneur of Hopscotch company
Kamini Kaushal.jpg Kamini Kaushal[17] India Bollywood actress
Tahmina Kohistani Afghanistan Olympic sprinter
Rimppi Kumari[17] Indian Farmer
Linda Kwamboka 02.png Linda Kwamboka Kenya Entrepreneur
Tina Lavender UK Midwife
Zihan Ling China Entrepreneur
Zimasa Mabela South Africa Naval captain
Emi Mahmoud Islamic Poet.jpg Emi Mahmoud Sudan, United States Poet
Catherine Mahugu IT person.jpg Catherine Mahugu Kenya Jewelry entrepreneur
Amara Majeed United States Hijab activist and author
Nemata Majeks-Walker Sierra Leone Women's rights activist
Katrine Kielos 2.jpg Katrine Marcal Sweden Writer and journalist
Karabo Mathang South Africa Entrepreneur
Muniba Mazari Pakistan Artist and anchorwoman
Jessy McCabe UK Student
Sania Mirza (28418631362).jpg Sania Mirza[26] India Tennis player
Brit Morin CEO.jpg Brit Morin United States Entrepreneur
Smriti Nagpal[17] India Entrepreneur
Pauline Ng Singapore Entrepreneur
Delaney United States Student
Bel Pesce - Gus Oenning.jpg Bel Pesce Brazil Entrepreneur
Verashni Pillay South Africa Newspaper editor
Irina Polyakova Russia Paralympian
Elsa Prieto France and Spain Entrepreneur
Cristina Randall Canada Entrepreneur
Claire Reid South Africa Entrepreneur
Jenni Rhodes UK Textile designer
Nikita Ridgeway Australia Entrepreneur
Neyda Rojas Venezuela Nun
Lubov Russkina Russia Reindeer nomad
Rabia Salihu Said Nigeria Physicist
Amina Tyler.jpeg Amina Sboui Tunisia Writer and women's rights activist
Lorrana Scarpioni Brazil Entrepreneur
Louise Schwartz Jamaica Showgirl and cabaret performer
PatriciaScotland2a.jpg Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal British Trade envoy
Mumtaz Shaikh[17] India Human rights activist
Nareen Shammo en la XII Edición de los Premios Internacionales Yo Dona 01.jpg Nareen Shammo Iraq Political activist and journalist
Rasha Shehada Palestine Manufacturing director
Zuzanna Stańska Poland Entrepreneur
Michelle Sun Hong Kong Entrepreneur
Hilary Swank at 28th Tokyo International Film Festival.jpg Hilary Swank[26] United States Actress
Julie Sygiel United States Entrepreneur
Rotana Tarabzouni Saudi Arabia Singer/songwriter
Kanika Tekriwal[17] India Entrepreneur
Lizanne Teo Singapore Entrepreneur
Jana Tepe Jobsharing 2.3.png Jana Tepe Germany Entrepreneur
Li Tingting China Human rights activist
Sophie Walker UK Leader of the Women's Equality Party
AlekWek.jpg Alek Wek Sudan Fashion model/UN ambassador
Xian Xu China Entrepreneur
Tin Tin Yu Burma Teacher
Marie-Ange Zimndou Koutou Central African Republic Nurse's aide in a war zone
Nour Syria Refugee


The BBC News 100 Women list in 2014 continued the efforts of the first year's initiative.[27]

Image Name Occupation Position[importance?]
SDr Yasmin Altwaijri Saudi mental health and obesity scientist Top row
Conchita Wurst, ESC2014 Meet & Greet 08 (crop).jpg Conchita Wurst Singer, Austria Top row
Laura Bates 2014 (cropped).jpg Laura Bates Founder, Everyday Sexism project Top row
Pinky Lilani Founder, Asian Women of Achievement Awards Top row
Ruby Chakravarti Women's rights campaigner, India Top row
Susie Orbach Crop (5).jpg Susie Orbach Psychotherapist Top row
Pontso Mafethe Zimbabwean women's programme manager, Comic Relief@pontso_mafethe Top row
Kate Shand Managing director of Enjoy Education Top row
Shappi Khorsandi 01.JPG Shappi Khorsandi Iranian-born British comedian Top row
Shazia Saleem Founder ieat Foods Top row
Wai Wai Nu Director, Women Peace Net Second row
Michaela Bergman Chief Counsellor for Social Issues, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Second row
Paula Zapata - MinC Brasil - Colectiva de prensa (15).jpg Paula Moreno Founder of peace foundation Manos Visibles Second row
Rubana Huq Bangladeshi textile manufacturer Second row
Lucy-Anne Holmes Founder, No More Page Three campaign, UK Second row
Brianna Stubbs Aviron 2015 - World Championships - 59 (cropped).jpg Brianna Stubbs Rower for Great Britain and Oxford PhD Scientist Second row
Matilda Tristam Comics writer Second row
Nigar Nazar 1.jpg Nigar Nazar Pakistani cartoonist@NigarNazar Second row
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy World Economic Forum 2013.jpg Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy Pakistani documentary film-maker Second row
Uldus Bakhtiozina Russian photographer Second row
Professor Lesley Yellowlees portrait.jpg Lesley Yellowlees First female president, Royal Chemistry Society Third row
Rebecca Gomperts Founder, Women on Waves Third row
Katherine Brown Academic, Kings College London Third row
Emily Kasyoka Boxer, Kenya Third row
Aowen Jin Chinese-born British artist Third row
Eliza Rebeiro Founder of Lives not Knives Third row
Muge Iplikci Turkish journalist Third row
Natumanya Sarah Educator Third row
Linda Tirado Campaigner Third row
Alice Hagan Technician at healthcare company BTG Third row
May Tha Hla Burmese food aid social worker Fourth row
Rainatou Sow.png Rainatou Sow Founder of Make Every Woman Count Fourth row
Justa Canaviri[28] Celebrity chef, Bolivia Fourth row
Heather Jackson Women's business campaigner Fourth row
Ruby-Wax-2016 (cropped).jpg Ruby Wax Mental health campaigner and comic Fourth row
Umm Ahmed Sole provider for her family, Iraq Fourth row
9.21.14XiaoluGuoByLuigiNovi1.jpg Xiaolu Guo Chinese novelist and film-maker Fourth row
Hind Hobeika Founder of Instabeat, Lebanon Fourth row
Molly Case Student nurse and Women of the Future Ambassador Fourth row
President of Malawi Joyce Banda (8985928177).jpg Joyce Banda Former president of Malawi Fourth row
Saadia Zahidi World Economic Forum Fifth row
Aditi Mittal Indian stand-up comedian Fifth row
Jess Butcher Co-founder of Blippar Fifth row
Farah Mohamed Girls 20 summit founder Fifth row
Katy Tuncer Founder, Ready Steady Mums Fifth row
Smruti Sriram Founder, Wings of Hope & Achievement Awards Fifth row
Darshan Karki Opinion-piece editor at Kathmandu Post daily, Nepal blogger Fifth row
Brooke Magnanti 4.jpg Brooke Magnanti US anthropologist, author, former sex worker Fifth row
Chipo Chung Chinese-Zimbabwean actor and activist Fifth row
Pinar Ogunc Journalist writing about women's issues and the Kurdish political movement Fifth row
Sabina Kurgunayeva Footballer who also runs her own bicycle rental business in Azerbaijan Sixth row
Kate Wilson Founder of independent children's book publisher in UK Sixth row
Betty Lalam Director of women's community organisation, Northern Uganda Sixth row
Arabella Dorman War artist Sixth row
Andy Kawa Businesswoman and social entrepreneur Sixth row
Bahia Shehab Egyptian artist, designer and art historian Sixth row
Divya Sharma Indian science student Sixth row
Launch of IYA 2009, Paris - Grygar, Bell Burnell cropped.jpg Jocelyn Bell Burnell Scientist who discovered Pulsars Sixth row
Eleni Antoniadou Co-Founder Transplants Without Donors Sixth row
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed Blogger, columnist and author Sixth row
Salinee Tavaranan.jpg Salinee Tavaranan Thai engineer and social entrepreneur Seventh row
Hatoon Kadi.jpg Hatoon Kadi Saudi Arabian comedian Seventh row
Brie Rogers Lowery smile at ODI.png Brie Rogers Lowery UK Director of Change.org Seventh row
Balvinder Saund Chair of Women's Sikh Alliance, UK Seventh row
Cora Sherlock Pro-life campaigner and blogger in Ireland Seventh row
Dr. Murabit.jpg Alaa Murabit Founder, The Voice of Libyan Women Seventh row
Bushra El-Turk British-Lebanese composer for London Symphony Orchestra Seventh row
Kim Winser Founder, Winser London Seventh row
Arzu Geybullayeva.jpg Arzu Geybullayeva blogger Seventh row
Judith Webb First female commander of an all-male British Army squadron@sjbwebb Seventh row
Sarah Hesterman Equal rights campaigner in Qatar Eighth row
Sana Saleem Pakistani campaigner against Internet censorship Eighth row
Asma Mansour Co-founder of Tunisian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Eighth row
Diana Nammi.jpg Diana Nammi Kurdish women's rights campaigner against "honour" killing Eighth row
Funmi Iyanda Talk show host, journalist, activist in Nigeria Eighth row
Karen Masters Scientist at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation Eighth row
Khuloud Saba Syrian researcher and public health worker Eighth row
Yolanda Wang Yixuan Women's rights campaigner in China Eighth row
Ayesha Mustafa Founder and director of FashionComPassion.co.uk Eighth row
Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa.jpg Obiageli Ezekwesili Former World Bank Vice President for Africa and Former Minister for Education, Nigeria Eighth row
Tehmina Kazi Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy Ninth row
Sophi Tranchell Head of Divine Chocolate Ninth row
Boghuma Kabisen Titanji Virologist and campaigner for ethical medical research in Cameroon Ninth row
Dwi Rubiyanti Kholifah Women's movement leader in Indonesia Ninth row
Anjali Ramachandran Head of Innovation at PHD Ninth row
Yas Necati Campaigner for better sex education Ninth row
Yeonmi Park - Atlas Network Liberty Forum.jpg Yeonmi Park Activist raising awareness of the plight of her people in North Korea@YeonmiParkNK Ninth row
Irene Li Citizen journalist who took part in and documented protests in Hong Kong Ninth row
Sandee Pyne Chief executive of Community Partner's International, focused on aid in Myanmar Ninth row
Temie Giwa Founder of the One Percent Project, facilitating blood donation in Nigeria Ninth row
Kavita Krishnan 02.jpg Kavita Krishnan Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association Tenth row
Sarah Khan Pakistani filmmaker and campaigner Tenth row
Nicky Moffat Highest Ranked woman in British Armed Forces Tenth row
Alice Powell Oulton Park 2009 (1).JPG Alice Powell Racing driver and first female to win a Formula Renault Championship Tenth row
Misty Haith Research Engineer at Imperial College London Tenth row
Sally Sabry Businesswoman in Egypt Tenth row
Kate Smurthwaite at Reclaim The Night 2011.jpg Kate Smurthwaite British comedian and activist Tenth row
Susana Lopez Mexican virologist specialising in rotavirus Tenth row
Jaya Luintel Journalist and women's rights advocate from Nepal Tenth row
Nicola Sturgeon.jpg Nicola Sturgeon First Minister of Scotland Tenth row


The 2013 event was a month-long BBC series that took place in October.[9] The series examined the role of women in the 21st century and culminated in an event held at BBC Broadcasting House in London, United Kingdom on 25 October 2013 involving a hundred women from around the world, all of whom came from different walks of life.[9] The day featured debate and discussion on radio, television and online, in which the participants were asked to give their opinions about the issues facing women.[1]

The event held on 25 October 2013 featured 100 women from all walks of life.[29]

Image Name Occupation Position[importance?]
Salwa Abu Libdeh Palestinian television journalist Top row
Madawi Al-Rasheed Saudi academic and gender expert Top row
Nadia alsakkaf.png Nadia Al-Sakkaf Editor, Yemen Times Top row
Sreymom Ang Cambodian fashion designer Top row
Anna Span at cambridge debate.png Anna Arrowsmith English porn film director Top row
Joyce Aoko Aruga Student teacher in Kenya Top row
Moe Thuzar Aung Myanmar state broadcast Top row
Rehana Azib London-based barrister Top row
Firuza Aliyeva Associate Director, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy Top row
Zainab Bangura giving a radio interview in Kinshasa (8654821769).jpg Zainab Hawa Bangura UN special representative on sexual violence in conflict Top row
Michaela Bergman Chief Counsellor for Social Issues, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Second row
Claire Bertschinger Anglo-Swiss nurse whose work inspired Live Aid Second row
Íngrid-Betancourt-mspac2.jpg Ingrid Betancourt French-Colombian former politician and FARC hostage Second row
Cherie Blair in Trento.jpg Cherie Blair British barrister and philanthropist Second row
Emma Bonino - World Economic Forum on Europe 2010.jpg Emma Bonino Minister of Foreign Affairs, Italy Second row
Yvonne Brewster Stage director, teacher and writer Second row
Gurinder Chadha 2013.jpg Gurinder Chadha British-Asian film director Second row
Nervana Mahmoud Egyptian blogger and commentator Second row
Irina Chakraborty Russian-Finnish-Indian engineer Second row
Shadi Sadr.jpg Shadi Sadr Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Second row
Chipo Chung Chinese-Zimbabwean actor and activist Third row
Helen Clark UNDP 2010.jpg Helen Clark Head of UN Development Programme, former New Zealand Prime Minister Third row
Diane Coyle at work with Apple laptop-9Oct2009.jpg Diane Coyle Economist, writer and blogger Third row
Shouting Back Conway Hall.png Caroline Criado Perez British journalist and feminist campaigner Third row
Jody Day founder of Gateway Women, a network for childless women Third row
Es Devlin at FutureFest in 2016 portrait.png Es Devlin British theatre designer Third row
Klara Dobrev 2008.jpg Klara Dobrev Hungarian lawyer and economist Third row
Efua Dorkenoo.jpg Efua Dorkenoo Ghanan Senior Advisor to Equality Now and campaigner against female genital mutilation Third row
Sigridur Maria Egilsdottir Iceland's champion debater Third row
Marwa El-Daly Egyptian grassroots activists, founder of the Waqfeyat Foundation Third row
Bushra El-Turk British-Lebanese composer Fourth row
Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, 2009 World Economic Forum on Africa.jpg Obiageli Ezekwesili Senior adviser, Open Society Foundation Fourth row
Caroline Farrow Catholic writer, blogger and pro-life activist Fourth row
Anne Stella Fomumbod Women's rights activist, Cameroon Fourth row
Teresa Forcades2.jpg Teresa Forcades Radical Spanish nun Fourth row
Razan Ghazzawi in Beirut - 20080824.jpg Razan Ghazzawi Syrian blogger and activist Fourth row
Rebeca Gompers Lodz 2017 by Jarek Sawiuk. croped.jpg Rebecca Gomperts Dutch doctor, head of Women on Waves Fourth row
Tanni Grey-Thompson.jpg Tanni Grey-Thompson Winner of 11 Paralympic Games gold medals Fourth row
Parveen Hassan Conservative women's organiser, UK Fourth row
Barbara Hewson Senior barrister, UK Fourth row
Anis Hidayah Indonesian activist working on migrant worker rights Fifth row
Deborah Hopkins British mother and political activist Fifth row
Keith Palmer's funeral (002) (cropped, Rose Hudson-Wilkin).jpg Rose Hudson-Wilkin Jamaican born British priest Fifth row
Bettany Hughes.BH.jpg Bettany Hughes Historian, author, broadcaster Fifth row
Rubana Huq Bangladeshi textile manufacturer Fifth row
Leyla Hussein.jpg Leyla Hussein Co-founder, Daughters of Eve, anti-violence campaigner Fifth row
Heather Jackson CEO of An Inspirational Journey and Founder of The Women's Business Forum Fifth row
Shelina Zahra Janmohamed Blogger, columnist and author Fifth row
Laura Janner-Klausner interfaith 2015.jpg Laura Janner-Klausner Movement rabbi, specializing in Reform Judaism Fifth row
Aowen Jin Chinese contemporary artist Fifth row
Andy Kawa South African businesswoman, anti-violence campaigner Sixth row
Tehmina Kazi Director, British Muslims for a Secular Democracy Sixth row
Jude Kelly Keynote- Zero Tolerance.jpg Jude Kelly Artistic Director, Southbank Centre Sixth row
Fereshteh Khosroujerdy Visually impaired Iranian singer Sixth row
Azadeh Kian Iranian academic and genderspecialist Sixth row
Kanya King CEO and founder, Mobo Sixth row
Fawzia Koofi MP, Afghanistan - Chatham House 2012.jpg Fawzia Koofi MP and former Deputy Speaker, Afghan National Parliament Sixth row
Дина Корзун.JPG Dina Korzun Russian actor and charity activist Sixth row
Martha Lane Fox.jpg Martha Lane-Fox UK technology entrepreneur Sixth row
Paris Lees at Pink Therapy.png Paris Lees Transgender broadcaster Sixth row
Ann Leslie Journalist Seventh row
Sian Lindley Researcher in social technology Seventh row
Pontso Mafethe Programme manager, Comic Relief Seventh row
Brooke Magnanti 4.jpg Brooke Magnanti US anthropologist, author, former sex worker Seventh row
Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba addressing panellists crop.jpg Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba Deputy Secretary General, the Commonwealth Seventh row
Shirley Meredeen Founding member, Growing Old Disgracefully Seventh row
Samar Samir Mezghanni SQ Faces of the revolution at TED (cropped).png Samar Samir Mezghanni Record-breaking young Tunisian writer Seventh row
ShaziaMirza01.jpg Shazia Mirza British comedian Seventh row
Aditi Mittal Indian comedian Seventh row
Rosmery Mollo Indigenous Bolivian activist Seventh row
Orzala Ashraf Nemat Afghan scholar and civil society activist Eighth row
Pauline Neville-Jones - minister for security and counter-terrorism.jpg Pauline Neville-Jones Former UK Security and Counter-Terrorism Minister Eighth row
Susie Orbach Crop (5).jpg Susie Orbach Psychotherapist and author Eighth row
Mirina Paananen Islamic researcher Eighth row
Claudia Paz y Paz.jpg Claudia Paz y Paz Attorney General, Guatemala Eighth row
Marianne Pearl.jpg Mariane Pearl French journalist, founder of Chime for Change Eighth row
Laura Perrins Stay-at-home mother Eighth row
Charlotte Raven British feminist and journalist Eighth row
Gail Rebuck Chief executive, Random House UK Eighth row
Justine Roberts Founder, Mumsnet Eighth row
Sarah Rogers Voice of Women community radio, Sierra Leone Ninth row
Fatima Said British-Egyptian pro-democracy advocate Ninth row
Balvinder Saund Chair of Sikh Women's Alliance Ninth row
Hayfestival-2016-Kamila-Shamsie.jpg Kamila Shamsie UK-based Pakistani writer Ninth row
Divya Sharma Indian electronics and communications engineer Ninth row
Bahia Shehab Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and art historian Ninth row
Joanna Shields in 2014.jpg Joanna Shields Chair and CEO, Tech City Investment Organisation Ninth row
Dame Stephanie Shirley - 2013.jpg Stephanie Shirley Businesswoman and philanthropist Ninth row
Clare Short at the Energy Conference 2015 crop.jpg Clare Short British politician, former International Development Secretary Ninth row
Jacqui Smith, September 2009 cropped.jpg Jacqui Smith Former UK Home Secretary Ninth row
Kate Smurthwaite at Reclaim The Night 2011.jpg Kate Smurthwaite British stand-up comedian and activist Tenth row
Rainatou Sow.png Rainatou Sow Guinean founder, Make Every Woman Count Tenth row
Louise Stephenson Trainee counsellor, UK Tenth row
May Tha Hla Founder, Helping The Burmese Delta Tenth row
Natasha Walter British feminist writer and campaigne Tenth row
Judith Webb First female commander of all-male British Army squadron Tenth row
Saadia Zahidi 2014 (cropped).jpg Saadia Zahidi Head of Gender Parity and Human Capital, World Economic Forum Tenth row
Dinara Zhorobekova Student, Kyrgyzstan Tenth row
Gemma Godfrey Board director, broadcaster Tenth row
Martina Navratilova (7490736068).jpg Martina Navratilova 18-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion Tenth row

Initiatives by year[edit]

Other participants[edit]

Name Occupation
Sarah Walker Head of the English Collective of Prostitutes[1]
Cerrie Burnell Children's TV presenter[1]
Selma James Writer and activist[1]


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