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BBC 100 Women 2017: The African Women on The List Taking on The Challenge

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Each year, the BBC names 100 influential and inspirational women from around the world. In 2017, they are challenging these women to tackle four of the problems facing women today – the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport.

  • The glass ceiling – #Teamlead
  • Female illiteracy – #Teamread
  • Street harassment – #Teamgo
  • Sexism in sport – #Teamplay

So far just the first 60 names have been announced, including Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and England footballer Steph Houghton.

The other 40 will be added during the season this October.

The annual series – which shines a light at issues affecting women all over the world – is this year encouraging women to make a change.

The 8 African Women in The Mix

NameCountryProfessionAgeTeam
Adelle OnyangoKenyaRadio Presenter28#Teamgo
Anita NderuKenyaTV presenter and radio news anchor27#Teamgo
Chaima LahsiniMoroccoJournalist24#Teamgo
Ellen Johnson SirleafLiberiaPresident78#Teamgo
Naomi MwauraKenyaFounder, Flone Initiative and Communications Associate at ITDP Africa31#Teamgo
Talent JumoZimbabweFounder and Director, Katswe Sistahood36#Teamgo
Tiwa SavageNigeriaSinger/Songwriter37#Teamgo
Marieme JammeSenegalFounder of iamtheCODE43#Teamread

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