Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been named to Fortune’s third annual list of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders on Thursday.
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.
She is also the 4th among 23 female leaders who were featured in the Fortune’s 2016 list released.
“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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel topped the list of female leaders and stood second in the overall list. Myanmar democracy leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi followed her - second in the female list and third overall.
Pope Francis is in the fourth position of the list. The list has placed Apple CEO Tim Cook in the fifth position.