Sri Lankan human rights activist Sandya Ekenligoda has been listed in BBC’s 100 Women 2022, a list of 100 of the most inspiring and influential women form around the world.
She also received the International Women of Courage Award in 2017, for her campaigns and other work in the field.
Since her husband’s disappearance, the mother of two has been helping thousands of mothers and wives who lost loved ones during Sri Lanka’s civil war.
“I am a woman who fights on behalf of others at every opportunity, engages in creative struggle, and overcomes challenges amidst insults and slander, through dedication and sacrifice”, she said.
Global music phenomenon Billie Eilish, Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, actresses Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Selma Blair, the ‘tsarina of Russian pop’ Alla Pugacheva, Iranian climber Elnaz Rekabi, record-breaking triple jump athlete Yulimar Rojas, and Ghanaian author Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah are also amongst BBC’s list for this year.
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