New Delhi: The BBC has on Wednesday revealed Mithali Raj as one of the most influential women in India. Additionally, Ira Trivedi and Tulika Kiran from Delhi along with Aditi Avasthi from Bangalore and Mehroonisa Siddiqui are among the inspirational individuals who have been included on the BBC 100 Women list 2017.
Mithali, 34, is currently the highest run-getter in ODIs. But her real call the fame and recognition came from her grit and determination. In a game which has the most followers in male chauvinistic societies of South Asia, she made the game relevant to girls.
Today, Mithali Raj is one of the most recognisable faces in India. Like male cricketers, she too has a dedicated fan following.
The BBC, while revealing the list of 100 inspirational and innovative women for 2017, said that the women on the list will be part of the 100 Women Challenge.
The challenge will be coming to Delhi from October 9th-13th, where a team will be looking at female illiteracy. Other places hosting the 100 Women Challenge are: Silicon Valley from October 2nd – 6th where a group will tackle the glass ceiling; safety on public transport will be the focus for the London and Nairobi team from October 16th -20th; and finally from October 23rd -27th women in Rio will consider sexism in sport.
They will be tackling some of the biggest problems facing women around the world and will share their experiences and create innovative ways to tackle: 1) The glass ceiling – #Teamlead, 2) Female illiteracy – #Teamread, 3) Street harassment – #Teamgo and 4) Sexism in sport – #Teamplay.