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BBC 100 Women season returns for 2016

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The BBC has announced the return of its award-winning annual 100 Women season this November, based around a list of 100 inspirational global women and their extraordinary lives, achievements and experiences.

Launched in 2013, 100 Women seeks to better represent women in the BBC's international news output.

The season kicks off on Monday 21 November starting three weeks of thought-provoking broadcast and online special reports, debates, programmes and journalism, running online at, on BBC World News TV, and on the 29 global languages services of BBC World Service Group, as well as network news.

Fiona Crack, Editor of 100 Women season said:

“100 Women is now in its fourth year, and we are proud of the platform it has given to many inspirational women – using the reach and journalistic excellence of the BBC to highlight the challenges, opportunities and experiences of women across the world. Our main limitation is that we can only name 100.
“This year I’m particularly looking forward to some of the stories coming from Gaza, Uganda, Nepal and Kazakhstan. We will focus on lots of difficult issues including trafficking, secondary infertility, domestic abuse, harassment and trolling. We will also explore the inspiring attitudes of women and girls with features about reimaging ‘sexist’ fairy tales, harnessing the power of grandmas and how to plan a wedding for 3,000 in Africa’s most populous city.”


The 100 Women list

Each year, the BBC reveals its 100 women list - a mix of influential women who are world leaders in politics, science and entertainment, as well as less well-known but inspirational women from all over the world.  Profiles of the 100 Women will be published, alongside five high profile interviewees – in the past interviewees have included actor Hilary Swank, model Alek Wek, professional tennis player Sania Mirza, and International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.


The 100 Women season

Complementing the 100 Women list, the BBC will offer audiences a raft of special content across all of its platforms.

On BBC World News, Scar will follow two young women recovering from years of self-harm. They meet to compare their roads to recovery and travel to London to meet a woman inspired to open a specialist makeup clinic to help young women conceal their scars and avoid the shocked reaction experienced from colleagues and friends.

BBC World News will also air programmes including: No longer a goddess - following 22 year old Chanira who visits the young incumbent living goddess in Nepal and ponders how her own early years of living as a goddess has affected her; E-Sports will follow two of the world’s most successful women gamers to the world cup and will show why they are campaigning for safe spaces and female only tournaments; and Death and Cheerleading will follow a group of inspirational cheerleading grandmothers in Arizona embracing life in their final years.