Newsweek names Saudi among world’s top women

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Saudi academic and author Doctor Fawzyeh al-Bikr made it into Newsweek magazine's list of 125 women who have significantly and visibly influenced their societies.

Bikr, who writes in the daily Al-Jazeera, told Al-Arabiya that she might have been chosen for her work on women and citizenship rights.

She said that being on the list is a huge responsibility and is glad her efforts and achievements were recognized and appreciated, even though it was a Western organization that did so.

In 2009, she won an award for outstanding research from the Vienna-based Women-Without-Borders, an international advocacy and research organization.

The magazine said it “honors 125 women who changed the world, drove dialogue and inspired innovation this year.”

Others on the list included the teenager known as Pakistan’s champion for women’s education Malala Yousufzai, who survived after the Taliban shot her with the intent to kill.

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