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.


Nusrat Sep 27, 2017 08:30pm
And it's very well deserved too. Great singer.
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pink Sep 27, 2017 08:30pm
well done..proud of you momina! An inspiration indeed!
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mba Sep 27, 2017 09:02pm
Congratulations Momina. I hope, there are more Pakistani ladies in the list next year.
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bob saeed Sep 27, 2017 09:10pm
Congratulations on getting on the list.One of my favourite singer.
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Concerned Sep 27, 2017 10:11pm
It is great to hear that a women of Pakistani descent is nominated for this... would have been better had you highlighted in the article what she has accomplished in her short career to deserve this award.
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Ijlal Sep 27, 2017 10:17pm
Can't believe this.
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N abidi Sep 28, 2017 01:35am
High priase to Pakistani girls, shining on international stage! Momina on this bbc list and mahira winning the bifa ,both gave priase to their mother land! M&M are the one that are making Pakistani proud every where! Power to the girls!
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iztraab Sep 28, 2017 02:27am
what did she accomplish to be so influential? Thank God Maryam Nawaz is not part of it.
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Raju Kumar Sep 28, 2017 07:23am
I must say Pakistani women are beautiful. Pak TV anchors are good looking and classy. This girl Momina is a hit in India. Beautiful and talented.
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MAK Sep 28, 2017 07:38am
Glad for her she is my favorite but how come singing a few songs qualifies one to this list ?
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ANSHUL Sep 28, 2017 09:11am
Congratulations Momina! Now it's time to see you in Bollywood. Stay happy and stay blessed.
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Shaheen S. Sep 28, 2017 12:16pm
Good looking, but what makes her one of the most influential person?what influence has she had on the society?
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Sumit Sep 28, 2017 02:00pm
@Raju Kumar Self created false notions. Get a reality check Islooite brother. Secondly Momina is unknown in India. It's Mowra Hocane who got famous after her memes went viral, post Mahira Ranbir pic leaks.
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Truth Sep 28, 2017 02:02pm
@Shaheen S. Cross eyed is not good looking.
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Einstein babar Sep 28, 2017 02:31pm
@ANSHUL she is not bollywood category, she is a decent lady
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Sundus Sep 28, 2017 03:11pm
Nothing influential about her she is just a singer.....don't know much abt her n don't wanna know more ...... sharmeen obaid chinoy should b there she is an inspiration
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ahmar qureshi Sep 28, 2017 03:53pm
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Sheri Sep 28, 2017 04:40pm
She is nice one in the world i proud off u momina we like ur nature
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Sheri Sep 28, 2017 04:43pm
she's nice one in the world we proud off u momina we like ur nature All Pakistan like u God bless you
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farooque Sep 28, 2017 04:55pm
I do not get it, why?
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ISMAIL Sep 29, 2017 01:20am
While writing her Song ' Mai Rasta' she sounds confident as she said" i myself is my inspiration" and after few months all of a sudden she got depressed and then she fought depression makes no sense
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white noise Sep 29, 2017 03:11am
what is influence? bad singing? you guys have lost sense of how a singer should sound. tell me you did not noticed how bad her singing is when putting against the ladies of Irteaash, who by the way, did an amazing job on Ghoom Tana.
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Abdul samad Sep 29, 2017 05:00am
She's very best singer and very nice person
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ali akbar Sep 29, 2017 10:59am
Great a nice woman and equally melodious voice!
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nuzhat nisar Sep 29, 2017 04:28pm
why BBC why? have guys at BBC even do a profile check? what makes her deserve this? Muniba mazari is a true inspiration, not her!
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