Hasina 36th among Forbes’ 100 powerful women

07 Jun,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

American business magazine Forbes ranked Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina 36th among the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

While releasing the report, on its website, Forbes stated: “Sheikh Hasina Wajed has command over a country with the world's eighth largest population -- 162 million people -- and she has wielded this power since 2009.

“Critics contend that she can, and should, be exercising her influence to address the recent spate of hate crimes against journalists, teachers, and gay activists. Yet Wajed's administration has been largely silent, and claims the attacks did not come from Islamic radicals, despite evidence that points to the contrary.”

“Critics worry the failure to roundly condemn the murders only sets the stage for worse, further destabilizing a government that already lost credibility in the 2014 elections, which left hundreds dead or injured,” added the survey.

Shaikh Hasina was in the 59th position in the last year’s list while 47th in 2014.

The survey released on Monday, featured the top 100 powerful women from different sectors such as politics, business and technology from 29 countries around the globe. This year’s Forbes list also has some surprise newcomers.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel remains in the top spot. Hillary Clinton, the US presidential candidate, and Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve, were second and third.

There are 32 chief executives on the list, 12 world leaders and 11 billionaires, including nine who have built billion-dollar companies from scratch. Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer is the youngest at 41 and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is the oldest at 90.

China was represented by a record nine women, including Lucy Peng, a senior executive at e-commerce giant Alibaba and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organisation, are the highest-ranked.

Also on the list are Pollyanna Chu, chief executive of Hong Kong financial services firm Kingston Securities, and China’s first lady, Peng Liyuan.

Forbes termed the women on the power list as “the smartest and toughest female business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, philanthropists and CEOs making their mark in the world today.”

“They’re women who are building billion-dollar brands, calling the shots in the financial markets, and crisscrossing the globe to broker international agreements and provide aid,” the magazine added.

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