Prez Bhandari on Forbes’ list of powerful womenPresident Bidya Devi Bhandari has been ranked 52nd on this year’s edition of Forbes world’s 100 most powerful women.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has been ranked 52nd on this year’s edition of Forbes world’s 100 most powerful women.
The popular magazine publishes the names of powerful women and men every year.
The magazine attributes President Bhandari’s proximity to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli as a factor for the rating. “Although the role is considered to be ceremonial, Bhandari, a longtime politician, has the ear of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, and therefore could potentially have greater influence in national policies and decision-making,” the magazine said of President Bhandari.
Forbes has portrayed Bhandari as a women’s rights advocate saying, “She [Bhandari] has made progress on at least one front: helping to push forward a mandate, now approved, that women comprise at least a third of Nepal’s Parliament.”
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen occupy the top three places on this year’s Forbes list of world’s 100 most powerful women.
Other influential women making into the list are South Korean President Park Geun-hye (12), US First Lady Michelle Obama (13) and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen (17).
Nobel Peace Prize winner and newly-elected defacto leader of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi has been placed at 26 and Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at 29.