One World Action have published their list of One Hundred (Unseen) Powerful Women who are changing the world. Divided into four categories of human rights, arts and media, public service and business and entrepreneur, the list includes women from over 30 countries who are achieving amazing things.
You won't have heard of most of them, but that's the point. These are women who are working to transform their communities and the lives of the most marginalised with little reward or recognition. I like One World Action's definition of a powerful woman. She:
- Asks questions and seek answers about how and why things aren’t working.
- Makes decisions and judgments based on evidence and personal experience.
- Has an impact and can affect change: the decisions she takes make a positive difference to other people.
- Motivates, inspires, and acts as a role model for other women and men.
- Persuades and influences.
- Takes risks and is not afraid of doing something for the first time.
Shannon Hopkins, who came to our London regional meeting back in May, is on the list, as well as Lyn Lusi nominated by Mandy Marshall from Restored. I wonder how many of these women are motivated by their faith.