Momina Mustehsan is on BBC's list of 100 influential women for 2017

Momina Mustehsan is on BBC's list of 100 influential women for 2017

Though the 2017 list is yet to be completed, so far Momina is the only Pakistani woman to receive the honour
Updated 27 Sep, 2017

Rising singer and musician Momina Mustehsan has made it to the 2017 list of BBC's 100 inspirational women from around the world.

She is also the only Pakistani woman this year to receive the honour.

"This year, the women on the list will be part of the 100 Women Challenge, tackling some of the biggest problems facing women around the world," the news outlet reported.

Alongside Momina, the list includes women such as the Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and England footballer Steph Houghton. Rupi Kaur is also part of the list.

The 25-year-old musician, in her short bio for the Challenge, shared the philosophy she holds dear, and said has most influenced her life

"The quote that helped me the most with my life was: It only gets better when you get better," she said, adding that she came across the saying in a fortune cookie in New York when she was binge-eating her way through depression. "That woke me up," she adds.

Now in its fifth year, the BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world annually. This time around, they are challenging the 100 women "to tackle four of the biggest problems facing women today ─ the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport".

Some of the heroes named in the 100 Women list will be asked to innovate real-life solutions in different cities to help the residents affected by these problems. Others will provide support and inspiration from their locations around the globe. They will also have conversations on radio, online and on social media.

However, there are 40 spaces in the list that have yet to be filled, it said. "As the season progresses, more women who have taken up the challenge in some way will be added to the list," the statement read, adding the complete list will be released some time coming October.