The Bangladesh premier, who is ranked No 10 on the list, has deftly navigated the competing demands of Islamic tradition and women’s rights, stated the US-based magazine.Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wazed has been named to Fortune’s third annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders on Thursday.
“As the only female leader among the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states, Hasina has deftly navigated the competing demands of Islamic tradition and women’s rights. 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,” Fortune explained.
Born on September 28, 1947, Sheikh Hasina is the current prime minister of Bangladesh, in office since January 2009.
She previously served as prime minister from 1996 to 2001, and she has led the Bangladesh Awami League since 1981.