A Chilean woman has been recognized in the BBC 2023 list of 100 influential women in the world

Chilean Isabel Farías shared this prestigious recognition with other influential women, such as former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and Ballon d’Or-winning soccer player, Aitana Bonmatí.

Women who stand out in their professional field and who are a source of inspiration for the world. It is the recognition that every year the BBC makes around a hundred women in the world and that on this occasion he chose a Chilean among them.

The categories on the list are: climate pioneers; culture and education; entertainment and sports; policy and support; science, health and technology.

Especially in this version the media recognized 12 Latin American on the list, who shared this stage with the former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, with the Ballon d’Or footballer, Aitana Bonmatí and the Hollywood star, América Ferrera, among other iconic women.

This is the reason why the Chilean entered the prestigious list.

A Chilean woman has been recognized in the BBC’s 2023 list of 100 influential women in the world. Photo: BBC

Isabel Farías Meyer, the Chilean recognized by the BBC

Like many women in the country, Isabel Farías Meyer I had irregular menstrual cycles. Although they are a symptom of a number of common conditions, such as polycystic ovaries or endometriosis, She never thought that before she turned 18, she would be diagnosed with early menopause.

Also known as premature ovarian failure, This condition occurs in only 1% of women under the age of 40. When a woman suffers from this condition, her ovaries stop working and her periods stop completely, which can lead to reproductive problems and characteristic symptoms.

With this diagnosis, Farías, a journalist now aged 30, did not hesitate to speak openly about the impact of early menopause on her life and health, also accompanied by osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones of the body become weak and brittle.

To share your experience and help more women who might be going through the same thing, the iconic Chilean woman launched the first regional network for premature menopause in Latin America. It is a space where, together, they can share information, combat myths and create safe spaces.

The 12 Latin Americans who stood out in the BBC 100 Women list

Latin America celebrates the recognition of 12 Latin American women who have contributed, from their fields, to improving the lives of their communities. The order of appearance in the list is random.

  1. Marcela Fernández, Colombia . He founded the NGO White Summits to raise awareness about the disappearance of glaciers. Monitor changes in the ice and develop creative ways to prevent ice loss.
  2. Camila Pirelli, Paraguay . The athlete, who competed in the Tokyo Olympics, has seen the impacts of climate change up close and is now an EcoAthlete champion. That is, he is committed to using his sports platform to encourage people to talk about this situation and take action to reduce carbon emissions.
  3. Sonia Guajajara, Brazil . She is an activist in the indigenous rights movement in her country and in 2023 became the first Minister of Indigenous Peoples. He promised to make the fight against environmental crimes one of his top priorities.
  4. Alicia Cahuiya, Ecuador. She is the leader of the women’s division in Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE ) and succeeded in protecting Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest, thanks to a historic referendum in which it was decided that a state oil company should end its operations in a region rich in biodiversity and home to populations isolated indigenous people.
  5. Christiana Figueres, Costa Rica . Executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, she spent six years developing a plan to ensure nations agree on a common climate strategy. Thanks to their work, the historic Paris Agreement was signed in 2015.
  6. Clara Elizabeth Fragoso Ugarte, Mexico. She is a truck driver and has dedicated 17 years of her life to a male-dominated industry, traveling the most dangerous roads in her country. She now helps train young female drivers and inspires other women to join the industry to achieve gender equality.
  7. Lala Pasquinelli, Argentina . Activist, lawyer and poet who challenges beauty stereotypes and the representation of women in media and popular culture. For example, she questions aging and diet, and advocates the dismantling of ideas about feminine beauty.
  8. Anamaría Font Villaroel, Venezuela. A researcher in particle physics, she was chosen for the UNESCO Women in Science Prize for her research aimed at understanding the consequences of superstring theory, which are relevant to understanding the universe, black holes and what happened after the Big Bang.
  9. Andreza Delgado, Brazil . It allowed residents of the poorest neighborhoods on the outskirts of Sao Paulo to attend a free comics convention, attended by more than 15,000 people. Its objective is to democratize access to culture in Brazil.
  10. Isabel Farías Meyer, Chile. The journalist launched the first regional network on premature menopause in Latin America to initiate dialogue and raise awareness about this disease which can affect many women.
  11. Carolina Díaz Pimentel, Peru . A journalist diagnosed with autism, she specializes in reporting on neurodivergence and mental health. Its aim is to eliminate the stigma faced by people with psychosocial disabilities.
  12. Fabiola Trejo, Mexico . The social psychologist realized that there was no research in her country focused on women’s sexual pleasure as an issue of social justice. She gives lectures, conducts research and workshops to help them explore pleasure, in a context where female sexuality remains taboo.

Source: Latercera

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