Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named in the Fortune Magazine’s 2016 annual list of the World’s Greatest Leaders. The magazine, owned by Time Inc, published the list of 50 top leaders in politics, business and activism on Thursday.
Hasina is No. 10 in the annual ranking. Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is third. German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list among women with only US e-commerce and cloud computing giant Amazon.com Inc CEO Jeff Bezos ahead of her. Pope Francis of the Roman Catholic Church has been ranked fourth.
According to the detailed list, Hasina is the only female leader among the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states to make it to the list.
“Hasina has deftly navigated the competing demands of Islamic tradition and women’s rights,” it says.
“She has committed Bangladesh, the nation with the world’s fourth-largest Muslim population, to securing legal protections for women and helping them attain more education, financial freedom, and political power.
“About 30% of adult women in Bangladesh now have at least a secondary ¬education—and the ¬nation scores better on the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Index than any other South Asian country,” it added. Hasina, 68, has been serving as the prime minister for the third time now. She has been leading the Awami League for some three decades now.
The list of 50 greatest leaders has a record number of women this year – 23. It includes US Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, singer John Legend, UN climate official Christiana Figueres, and US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan.