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The BBC has revealed that 15 women from the region are among the trailblazing women on this year’s 100 Women List. From high profile names to unsung heroes, the list includes women from Cebu Pacific Air’s network: Australia, Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam:
2. Lao Khang, 26 – Rugby player and coach, Laos. Lao led the Laos women’s national rugby team to historic international victories, and is the first Hmong woman to earn her rugby coach licence.
3. Joey Mead King, 44 – Model, Philippines. Joey works as a model and presenter across Asia, and she and her partner Angelina Mead King appeared in a documentary which chronicled the couple’s journey when Angelina came out as transgender.
4. Veasna Chea Leth, 44 – Lawyer, Cambodia. Veasna was the first woman to study law at Cambodia’s Royal University of Law and Economics, and lived in a basement space beneath the college due to a lack of female dorms.
6. Yuki Okoda, 23 – Astronomer, Japan. Yuki studies physics, and was the first person to discover a new star that could shed light on the origins of our solar system.
9. Park Soo-yeon, 22 – Digital campaigner, South Korea. Soo-yeon is the founder of an organisation that seeks to eradicate digital sex crimes.
11. Haven Shepherd, 15 – Student and swimmer, Vietnam. Haven is a Paralympic hopeful, having survived a suicide bomb set off by her parents.
12. Nenney Shushaidah Binti Shamsuddin, 42 – Judge, Malaysia. Nenney fights for the protection of Muslim women in her courts and wants to change the negative perceptions of Sharia law.
13. Jing Zhao, 35 – Entrepreneur, China. Jing runs an online network that helps women to learn and discuss their bodies and sexual desires, and also promotes intimate products to help women enjoy sex more.
14. Kelly O’Dwyer, 41 – Member of Parliament, Australia. Kelly serves as Australia’s minister for jobs and industrial relations, and minister for women in the Australian parliament, and is the first female Australian cabinet minister to give birth whilst serving in office.
15. Julia Gillard, 57 – Former Australian prime minister, UK. Julia was Australia‘s first female prime minister and now promotes education and leadership for women and girls.
Gallery photo courtesy of BBC; bbc.com/100women