Women in Limelight

Harpers Bazaar names Malala Yousafzai among UK’s 150 most influential women

Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai added yet another feather to her cap when she was included among the UK’s 150 most influential women in a list published by the famed fashion magazine Harpers Bazaar on November 15.

The list titled ‘Bazaar 150 Visionary Women’ has been published as part of the magazine’s celebrations marking 150 years since its launch and consists of the most powerful female leaders of the UK. According to Harpers Bazaar, “each of the individuals on the list has proved herself to be forward-thinking, high-achieving and an inspirational role model to women everywhere”.

The magazine has included women from a variety of fields to be part of the high-powered list, including from the areas of philanthropy, sport, media and advertising, opinion formers, fashion, entertainment, and science, technology and mathematics.  malala-yousafzai-harper-bazar

Malala Yousafzai has been chosen under the opinion formers category and has been recognised for her activism to promote female education in Pakistan as well as in other parts of the world. She has also opened a school for Syrian refugee girls in Lebanon, and regularly speaks out about the importance of education, particularly girls’ education, at prestigious international forums, including at the United Nations. In April this year, she was named a UN Messenger of Peace, the youngest person to have been accorded this honour.

In 2014, Malala Yousafzai had become the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. She is currently pursuing a PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) degree at Oxford University.

Malala is joined by other world-renowned names like human right lawyer Amal Clooney, author JK Rowling, journalist Christina Lamb, actor and activist Emma Watson and Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon under the opinion formers’ category of the list.