Fatma Samoura "humbled and honoured" at BBC 100 Women award

19 November 2018

Fatma Samoura "humbled and honoured" at BBC 100 Women award

Fatma Samoura, the first woman to hold the position of General Secretary, Fifa

Fatma Samoura has been named in the prestigious BBC 100 Women, a list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018.

Fatma, 56, is the first woman and the first African to hold the position of secretary general of Fifa and is joined in being honoured by women ranging in age from 15 to 94, and from more than 60 countries. Each one a leader, trailblazer and everyday hero in their own right.

Fatma took to Twitter to speak of her delight, stating: "I am humbled & honoured to be included on this prestigious list with so many amazing women. Ladies reading your stories was inspiring & I will keep using my voice to push for #Equality & #Diversity."

She also had a special message for young girls and women too, adding: "On the occasion of the publication of this special list of #100women I have a special message for girls & women around the world: Believe in yourselves. You are strong & smart so don't let anyone tell you who your role model should be!"

For the full list of this year's BBC 100 Women, click on the link here.

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