Sanjida Islam Choya – a Bangladeshi student – is on the BBC’s 100 inspiring women list for her fight against child marriage.
Getting inspired by a presentation on child marriage in the school, Choya decided to act on it. She and her friends, teachers, and collaborators call themselves Ghashforing (Grasshoppers) and report incidents of child marriage to the police.
So far they have reportedly prevented 50 child marriages, reports BBC.
The BBC on Tuesday revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2022.
Global music phenomenon Billie Eilish, Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, actresses Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Selma Blair, the ‘tsarina of Russian pop’ Alla Pugacheva, Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi, record-breaking triple jump athlete Yulimar Rojas, and Ghanaian author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah are among them.
This is the 10th season of 100 Women, so we are taking the opportunity to explore what progress has been made over the last decade. While there have been huge steps forward for women’s rights – from the number of female leaders to the MeToo movement – for women in many corners of the world it still feels like there is a long way to go.
The list also reflects the role of women at the heart of conflict around the world in 2022 – from the protesters bravely demanding change in Iran, to the female faces of conflict and resistance in Ukraine and Russia. For the first time this year, we have also asked the previous 100 Women to nominate others who they felt deserved a place on the 2022 list.
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