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BBC’s list of ‘100 Women’ features 7 Indian women including Asha Bhosle

MUMBAI: The BBC has announced its list of ‘100 Women’ that includes seven Indians along with other influential women from around the globe. Those recognised include singer Asha Bhosle, tennis player Sania Mirza and actress Kamini Kaushal.

Bhosle has featured among the top 10 in the list, by attaining the 16th rank. Meanwhile, tennis champion Sania Mirza, currently ranked the world’s women’s doubles No. 1, attained the 63rd rank on the list and actress Kamini Kaushal was placed 48th.

100 Women season editor Fiona Crack said, “We are proud of 100 Women. Over the last two years, we’ve given more time and space on our platforms to stories and issues that affect women wherever they are in the world. The 100 women list is a way of appreciating the hard work done by women, thereby giving recognition to their efforts and struggles.”

Each year, the BBC names 100 women, a mix of influential women who are world leaders in politics, science and entertainment, as well as less well known but inspirational women from all over the world. Rimppi Kumari, Smriti Nagpal, Mumtaz Shaikh and Kanika Tekriwal are also celebrated in the 2015 list.

Rimppi Kumari (#50) is a farmer who, along with her sister, took over a 32-acre farm in Rajasthan; Smriti Nagpal (#65) is a sign language interpreter; Mumtaz Shaikh (#83) is a campaigner who succeeded in providing free urinal facilities for women; and Kanika Tekriwal (#91) established India’s first and only marketplace for private jet and helicopter charters.

Complementing the 100 Women, the BBC will offer audiences a raft of special content across all its platforms. As part of the season, tennis superstar Sania Mirza will be interviewed by BBC World News presenter Yogita Limaye.

100 Women is a part of ‘100 Women Season’ on BBC World News, which kicked off on 18 November. In its third year, the ‘100 Women Season’ will feature special reports, programmes and discussions running across BBC World News, bbc.com and the 29 languages of BBC World Service, as well as network news.