[Central News Agency] The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) released a list of the top 100 most inspiring and influential women in the world in 2022. Taiwan has Master Cheng Yen, who founded the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, on the list.
Also on the list are Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska, veteran Russian singer Ara Zelensky, who had a good relationship with the authorities before Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February this year.
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The BBC pointed out that Buddhist philanthropist Master Cheng Yen is regarded as one of the most influential figures in the development of contemporary Buddhism in Taiwan, and she is sometimes referred to as "Asia's Mother Teresa".
According to the BBC, since Venerable Cheng Yen founded the Tzu Chi Foundation’s predecessor “Tzu Chi Merit Association” in 1966, the group has grown from about 30 housewives to save money to help needy families, and has expanded to millions of followers around the world. , providing relief and medical aid around the world, and running schools and hospitals.
The BBC mentioned that Master Cheng Yen is over 80 years old, but his followers continue to carry out charitable work, and recently provided financial and material assistance to Ukrainian refugees.
This is the 10th time that the BBC has released its annual list of the top 100 women in the world.
The BBC pointed out that this year's list reflects the role women play in conflict situations around the world.
In addition, this year is also the first time that the BBC has consulted women who have previously been included in the top 100 when drawing up the list.
The BBC's 2022 Top 100 Women list covers countries and regions with intense political and social conflicts such as Ukraine, Russia, Iran, Myanmar, Palestine, Syria, and Afghanistan.
In East Asia, Hirata Hirata, a Japanese advocate for climate issues, Jiang Meier, a Hong Kong designer who designs clothing and accessories for the elderly, people with disabilities or people with special physiological needs, and founded the inclusive fashion functional product brand Boundless, and an anonymous participant in the crackdown Park Ji-hyun, a college student from "Room N", one of South Korea's largest cyber-sex crime groups, later entered politics.
(Editor: Chen Zhengjian) 1111208