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The 2019 Muslim Women in Sport Power List

Mar 08, 2019

MWSN Launches Muslim Women in Sport Power List

The world’s most visionary and influential Muslim women in sport are today unveiled in this year’s ‘Muslim Women in Sport Power List’, curated by the global Muslim Women in Sport Network (MWSN).

Launched today on, the Power List identifies 30 of the freshest and most inspiring Muslim women positively impacting the sports industry at various levels as athletes, program managers, journalists, coaches, administrators, researchers, executives, entrepreneurs and beyond.

This Power List showcases and provides a platform for the global community of Muslim Women in sport. With every edition of this Power List we avidly search for the most influential and inspiring talent.  Some of the Power-Listers are world-renowned Olympians while others are local heroes;  all are equally powerful.  Members of the Power List for 2019 were finalized by a panel of sports people from across the world – author of “Basirah the Basketballer says Insha Allah” Hafsah Dabiri, and University of Connecticut basketball player Batouly Camara.

Rimla Akhtar, co-founder of the MWSN, says: “This Muslim Women in Sport Power List comes at a significant time and proves the increasing quality of influence from the female Muslim sports community.  The position and influence of Muslim women in sport on the global stage has never been greater or more important and these women continue to be some of the world’s most pioneering and influential. We at the MWSN are thrilled to recognize these game changers and provide a network of like-minded individuals who can stimulate, create and foster innovation across the sports industry.”

Sport journalist Shireen Ahmed and member of the 2019 MWSN Muslim Women in Sport Power List, says: “This list is important as it is from Muslim women for Muslim women, and also because it comes without gazes and assumptions from within and outside our own communities. Muslim women are at our best when people move out of our way and let us lead, grow and learn – particularly when it comes to our challenges, our stories, our triumphs and our resilience.”


About the MWSN

The Mission of MWSN is to amplify the voices of Muslim women in sport and inspire globally.

Muslim women around the world have been and are actively engaging in sport at various levels as athletes, program managers, journalists, coaches, administrators, researchers, executives, and entrepreneurs. Often the discourse when engaging with Muslim women in sport is focused around dress-code and overcoming cultural and religious barriers. Decisions made around policy, program design and engagement related to Muslim women in sport is void of any consultation or meaningful engagement and leadership from Muslim women. It is time Muslim women instruct decision and policymakers on what it means to be a Muslim woman in sport and shed light into the diversity of Muslim women. In March 2017, Muslim women around the world committed to creating a ‘Global Home for Muslim Women in Sport.’ The group is led by Muslim women from around the world who are actively involved in sport from various disciplines and are advancing the status and recognition of the role that Muslim women play in sport.

The 2019 Muslim Women in Sport Power List

Amal Murad
Amar Hadid
Amna Al Haddad
Amna Al Qubaisi
Aries Susanti Rahayu
Assmaah Helal
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
Ebru Koksal
Faranak Partoazar
Fatma Samoura
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan
Hajra Khan
Ibtihaj Muhammad
Khadija Sambe
Khadijah Diggs
Khalida Popal
Lina Al Maeena
Madeena Ameena El-Mubarak
Manal Rostom
Meriem Daoui
Naasira Mohammed
Nawal El Moutawakel
Princess Reema bint Bandar
Rahaf Khatib
Reshmin Chowdhury
Rimla Akhtar
Ruqsana Begum
Sara – Open Stadiums
Shireen Ahmed
Zuleikha Chikh

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