Opposition leader Tzipi Livni was named one of “150 women who shake the world," by Newsweek magazine on Monday.
Livni, the only Israeli woman in the list, was honored along with another "150 fearless women" from all over the world, ranging from U.S. singer Lady Gaga and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to the Mexican Attorney General Marisa Morales and Yemeni Nobel peace prize laureate Tawakkol Karman.
The list includes women who “are starting revolutions, opening schools, and fostering a brave new generation. From Detroit to Kabul, these women are making their voices heard,” Newsweek's Daily Beast website said.
“Whenever a woman or girl gains control of her destiny, the local standard of living goes up and the values of human rights spread. So this year, and every year, Newsweek will honor local heroes, and the growing network of powerful women who support their efforts,” the website said.
Newsweek described Livni as “one of the most powerful women" in Israel, and cited her being “the first female opposition leader in Israel’s history.”
Livni is “a former lawyer known for her honesty and integrity,” the website said, adding that she has been“a steadfast proponent of the peace process,” and an active advocate for gay and women’s rights.
In response, Livni said, “I am glad that Israel is represented on this distinguished list in this positive context of strong women, particularly at a time when Israel is mentioned in the context of the unacceptable phenomena of the exclusion of women, which has raised its ugly head."
"I hope more women will have the power to act and fight for the right to determine their future as I plan to continue to fight for the face and the values of Israel," she added.
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