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Sheikh Hasina, the most powerful women in South Asia: Forbes

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:57 AM, 14 December 2019   Updated: 10:57 AM, 14 December 2019

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; File Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; File Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been ranked the powerful woman in South Asia. Then there is Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  

Forbes Magazine published the list of world’s 100 most powerful women in 2019 on its website on Thursday. The information is mentioned on that list.

According to the list, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been ranked the 29th among the world’s 100 most powerful women by the US-based Forbes magazine. Then there is Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman - has been ranked the 34th.  

German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the Forbes 2019 list of ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ followed by President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde in the second spot and Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi ranked third.

“In 2019, women around the globe took action, claiming leadership positions in government, business, philanthropy, and media. These trailblazers are not to be messed with,” the magazine said.

It said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the longest-serving Prime Minister in the history of Bangladesh, is currently serving her fourth term.

She won the fourth term, which is also her third consecutive term, after her party, Bangladesh Awami League, won 288 of the 300 parliamentary seats, Forbes said.

During the present term, it said, Sheikh Hasina plans to focus on issues such as food security and access to education and healthcare.

Sheikh Hasina has been working to further strengthen democracy in Bangladesh, the magazine said.

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