De Lima among ‘most influential’ women of 2019

A leading business newspaper has hailed detained Sen. Leila de Lima as the Fourth Most Influential Woman of the Year 2019 for her bravery and determination to fight for human rights under the Duterte administration. ABS-CBN NEWS

MANILA – Detained Sen. Leila de Lima was hailed as the Fourth Most Influential Woman of the Year 2019 from across the globe for her courage and determination to defend human rights.
Based on the citation, which was given by London-based business newspaper Financial Times, De Lima was the only Filipino to make it to the list of different women from different countries who “stood out” for their bold stance on current issues and inspiring advocacies.
“The Filipino senator remains detained over drugs allegations that she and her supporters say were fabricated,” read De Lima’s description.
“De Lima had led a human rights investigation against Rodrigo Duterte into alleged extrajudicial killings that took place while he was mayor of Davao City. Her handwritten dispatches from her cell are incisive missives and commentary on the issues the Philippines faces,” it added.
Financial Times, one of the world’s leading news organization, also named climate activist Greta Thunberg, businesswoman and campaigner Gina Miller, former governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Valeria Gontareva, and journalist Carrie Gracie.
Also cited were New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, United States presidential aspirant Sen. Elizabeth Warren, European Union Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, among others.
“The women awardees, were cited for breaking new ground in 2019 or brought attention to some of the most important issues of our time, whether in their own community or at a national or international,” it said./PN

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