By Khaled Al-Daihani
LONDON, Oct 24 (KUNA) -- The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) chose Kuwaiti political activist Dr. Al-Anoud Al-Sharikh as one of the top 100 influential women around the world for 2019.
Al-Sharikh was among 17 Arab women in the list, chosen in recognition of their efforts and achievements in sports, business, art, medicine, architecture and other fields, the BBC said on Thursday.
Al-Sharikh was chosen in appreciation of her work with international organizations to promote gender equality, as well as being the first Kuwaiti woman to receive the French National Order of Merit for defending women rights.
In a statement to KUNA, Al-Sharikh expressed her joy over being chosen in the list, noting that she is the first Kuwaiti to be among the 100 influential women.
She added that she executed programs on changing society's view on working women in the Arab and Muslim World, in cooperation with international organizations.
Kuwaiti women had overcome many challenges in the past decades by their strong will and determination, said Al-Sharikh, noting that enabling women to become leaders is part of the Kuwait Vision 2035.
Dr. Al-Anoud received her Bachelor's degree from King's College London, while her Masters and PhD degrees came from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). (end) kd.tma.ag