Alina Anisimova – Muslim Student in BBC’s 100 Women
Alina Anisimova, the 19-year-old Muslim student, is included on the list of 100 most influential and inspiring females of the world. And, the reason behind her inclusion in the coveted list is her dream project to train and send young girls from Kyrgyzstan to space. Alina Anisimova is a student programmer. Alina leads the Kyrgyz Girls’ Space School, which aims to send the country’s first satellite into space, BBC wrote about Alina.
Alina is one of over two dozen Muslims from equal number of Muslim and non-Muslim states who figured in “100 Women” published by BBC every year. “BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year and shares their stories”, it said. Ranging in age from 15 to 94, and from more than 60 countries, the BBC 100 Women 2018 list includes leaders, trailblazers and everyday heroes. Alina of Kyrgyzstan is one of them. Women make up less than 10 percent of Kyrgyzstan’s science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), and construction and manufacturing graduates, according to the U.N. Development Programme. “Some girls don’t have courage to pursue such studies because it’s not very common in our country, and the majority of parents discourage their daughters from pursuing this,” Alina Anisimova, who is leading the Kyrgyzstan’s satellite project, said.