Dr. Sania Nishtar becomes part of 100 inspiring women of 2020

Dr. Sania Nishtar

Actress Mahira Khan is only other Pakistani in the list of 100 influential women globally.

Dr. Sania Nishtar becomes part of 100 inspiring women of 2020. The BBC has just revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2020.This year 100 Women is highlighting those who are leading change and making a difference during these turbulent times. This is an absolute honour for Pakistan that this year’s BBC list includes SAPM Dr. Sania Nishtar, who leads Ehsaas programme along with Sanna Marin, who leads Finland’s all-female coalition government and Sarah Gilbert, who heads the Oxford University research into a coronavirus vaccine.

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This distinction has been conferred upon Dr. Sania for her work and contribution in poverty alleviation, global health and development. “The dramatic impact of Covid-19 presents us with a once-in-a-generation chance to build a fairer world and bring an end to poverty, inequality and the climate crisis. For this, women must be equal, empowered stakeholders”, said Dr. Sania.

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Dr. Sania Nishtar is a leader in global health and sustainable development. Since 2018, she has been spearheading the transformative Ehsaas Poverty Alleviation programme, which has improved the livelihoods of millions of Pakistanis.

As Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, Dr. Sania has helped to empower the masses by taking the necessary first steps toward the development of a welfare state in Pakistan.

As part of the BBC’s policy, the BBC 100 Women team drew up a shortlist of candidates who had made the headlines or influenced important stories over the past 12 months, as well as those who had inspiring stories to tell, achieved something significant or influenced their societies in ways that wouldn’t necessarily make the news. The pool of names was then assessed against this year’s theme – women who led change – and measured for regional representation and due impartiality, before the final names were chosen.

Dr. Sania Nishtar becomes part of 100 inspiring women of 2020

The BBC’s 100 women of 2020:

  1. Unsung hero.                           Worldwide making a difference.
  2. Loza Abera Geinore.               Ethiopia Footballer.
  3. Hounda Abouz.                       Morocco Rapper.
  4. Christina Adane                       Netherland’s Campaigner.
  5. Yvonne Aki Sawyerr               Sierrral Leone Mayor.
  6. Rina Akter                               Bangladesh Former Sex Worker.
  7. Sarah Al-Amiri                        UAE Minister For Advanced Technologies.
  8. Waad al-Kateeb                       Syria Film-maker.
  9. Adriana Albini                         Italy Pathologist.
  10. Ubah Ali                                  Somaliland FGM Educator.
  11. Nisreen Alwan                         Iraq/UK Public Health Expert.
  12. Elizabeth Anionwu                  UK Nurse.
  13. Nadeen Ashraf                         Egypt Campaigner.
  14. Erica Baker                              Germany Engineer.
  15. Diana Barran                           UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.
  16. Bilkis                                       Indian Protest Leader.
  17. Cindy Bishop                          Thailand UN Women Ambassador/Model.
  18. Macinley Butson                      Australian Scientist and Inventor.
  19. Evelina Cabrera                       Argentina Football Coach and Manager.
  20. Wendy Beatriz Caishpal Jaco El Salvador Disability activist.
  21. Carolina Castro                       Argentina Union Leader.
  22. Agnes Chow                            Hong Kong Pro-democracy Activist.
  23. Patrisse Cullors                       US Human Rights Activist.
  24. Tsitsi Dangarembga                Zimbabwe Writer and film-maker.
  25. Shani Dhanda                          UK Disability Activist.
  26. Naomi Dickson                        UK Chief Executive.
  27. Karen Dolva                                      Norway Innovator.
  28. IIwad Elman                            Somalia Peace Activist.
  29. Jeong Eun-kyeong                             South Korea KDCA Commissioner.
  30. Fang Fang                                China Writer.
  31. Somaya Faruqi                        Afghanistan Robotics Team Leader.
  32. Eileen Flynn                                      Republic of Ireland Senator.
  33. Jane Fonda                              US Actress.
  34. Kiran Gandhi                          US Singer.
  35. Lauren Gardner                       US Scientist.
  36. Alicia Garza                                      US Human-right Activist.
  37. Iman Ghaleb Al-Hamli             Yemen Micro grid Manager.
  38.  Sarah Gilbert                          UK Scientist.
  39. Maggie Gobran                        Egypt Coptic Nun.
  40. Rebeca Gyumi                         Tanzania Lawyer.
  41. Deta Hedman                          Jamaica Darts Champion.
  42. Muyesser Abdul’ehed Hendan Exuked Uighur from Ghulia (In China,              Yenning) Writer.
  43. Uyaiedu Ikpe-Etim                            Nigeria Film-maker.
  44. Miho Imada                                       Japan Sake Maser Brewer.
  45. Isaivani                                    India Musician.
  46. Manasi Joshi                           Indian Athlete.
  47. Nadine Kaadan                        France Writer/Illustrator.
  48. Mulenga Kapwepwe                Zambia Artist and Curator.
  49. Jemimah Kariuki                     Kenya Doctor.
  50. Gulsum Kav                                      Turkey Social Justice Activist.
  51. Jackie Kay                               UK Poet.
  52. Salsabila Khairunnisa             Indonesia Environmental Campaigner.
  53. Mahira Khan                           Pakistani Actress.
  54. Angelique Kidjo                       Benin Musician.
  55. Chu Kim Duc                          Vietnam Architect.
  56. Safaa Kumari                          Syria Plant Virologist.
  57. Ishtar Lakhani                         South Africa Activist.
  58. Claudia Lopez                         Colombia Mayor.
  59. Josina Machel                          Mozambique Social Justice Activist.
  60.  Sanna Mrin                                      Finland Prime Minister.
  61. Hayat Mirshad                        Lebanon Activist.
  62. Bulelwa Mkutukana                South Africa Singer/Songwriter.
  63. Lucy Monaghan                       Northern Ireland Campaigner.
  64. Douce Namwezi N’Ibamba     DR Congo Journalist.
  65. Vanessa Nakate                       Uganda Climate activist.
  66. Ethelreda Nakimuli-Mpungu   Uganda Mental Health Expert.
  67. Nandar                                    Myanmar Feminist Activist.
  68. Vernetta M Nay Moberly                  US Environmental Activist.
  69. Nemonte Nenquimo                Ecuador Waorani Leader.
  70. Sania Nishtar                          Pakistan Global Health Leader.
  71. Phyllis Omido                         Kenya Environmental Activist.
  72. Laleh Osmany                         Afghanistan Activist.
  73. Ridhima Pandey                      Indian Climate Activist.
  74. Lorna Prendergast                             Australian Dementia Researcher.
  75. Oksana Pushkina                     Russia State Duma Deputy.
  76. Cibele Racy                              Brazil Teacher.
  77. Susana Faffalli                         Venezuela Nutritionist.
  78. Sapana Roka Magar                Nepal Crematorium Technician.
  79. Pardis Sabeti                           Iran Computational Geneticist.
  80. Febfi Setyawati                        Indonesia Activist.
  81. Ruth Shady                              Peru Archaeologist.
  82. Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul  Thailand Student Activist.
  83. Nasir Sotoudeh                        Iran Human Rights Activist.
  84. Kathy Sullivan                         US Scientist/Astronaut.
  85. Rima Sultana Rimu                 Bangladesh Teacher.
  86. Lea T                                       Brazil Transgender Model.
  87. Ana Tijoux                              France Musician.
  88. Opal Tometi                                      US Human-rights Activist.
  89. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya      Belarus Politician.
  90. Yulia Tsvetkova                      Russia Activist.
  91. Arussi Unda                                      Mexico Campaigner.
  92. Anastasia Volkova                            Ukraine Entrepreneur.
  93. Kotchakorn Voraakhom                   Thailand Architect.
  94.  Siouxsie Wiles                        UK Scientist.
  95. Elin Williams                           Wales, UK Disability Blogger.
  96. Alice Wong                              US Disability Activist.
  97. Leo Yee-Sin                                       Singapore Doctor.
  98. Michelle Yeoh                         Malaysia Actor.
  99. Aisha Yesufu                           Nigeria Activist.

100- Gulnaz Zhuzbaeva               Kyrgyzstan Disability Activist.

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