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Rohingya Jasmin in influential 100 women

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Rohingya Jasmin in influential 100 women

Rohingya Jasmin in influential 100 women

Rohingya woman Jasmin Akter has took place in the BBC's list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019.

Jasmin is Rohingya, described by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. She was born in a refugee camp in Bangladesh just after her father died.

Since arriving in the UK as a refugee, she has excelled at cricket, and together with her friends started an all-Asian girls' cricket team in Bradford. This year she was selected to represent England in the first Street Child Cricket World Cup for charity.

Jasmin said, "All I know is the feeling, the sheer pleasure of the motion feels greater when every breath blows with liberation."

This year 100 Women is asking: what would the future look like if it were driven by women?

From climate change activist Greta Thunberg, to trans woman Nisha Ayub who was put into a male prison aged 21, many on the list are driving change on behalf of women everywhere. They give us their vision of what life could look like in 2030.

Others, such as the "ghost" politician defying the mafia, and the footballer battling misogyny, are using their extraordinary personal experiences to blaze a path for those who follow.


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