Mithali Raj has added yet another accolade to her illustrious profile. This has been an extremely fruitful year for the Indian women’s cricket team captain, who led her team to the ICC Women’s World Cup finals. The Indian women cricket’s captain has featured on BBC’s list of Top 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017.
The BBC while revealing the names for this year also announced the 100 Women Challenge. In its fifth year, 100 Women will be looking at four issues: the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, street harassment and sexism in sport.
Taken from across all spheres of modern life – from engineering to the creative industries, from sport to business – the women in the coveted list represent the global wealth of female talent. For now, only 60 names have been revealed and 40 others will be filled as the challenge progresses.
“In 2015, women hosted 150 debates in 10 languages and 30 countries; in 2016, people added 450 deserving but over-looked women to Wikipedia, and now in 2017 we’re taking it to a whole new level of participation,” said 100 Women editor Fiona Crack.
“It’s going to be exciting but nerve-racking to see what these talented 100 will come up with and if they can pull it off in a month.”
Other Indian women to feature the list are Ira Trivedi and Tulika Kiran from Delhi along with Aditi Avasthi from Bangalore and Mehroonisa Siddiqui, the proud mother of actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
The challenge will be coming to Delhi from October 9-13 where a team will be looking at female illiteracy. Other places hosting the 100 Women Challenge are: Silicon Valley from October 2-6 where a group will tackle the glass ceiling; safety on public transport will be the focus for the London and Nairobi team from October 16-20; and finally, from October 23-27 women in Rio will consider sexism in sport.