Every year the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announces a list of 100 influential and inspirational women around the world. Our executive director, Kimiko Hirata was just selected as one of the 100 laureates in 2022.
Other selected women include Billie Eilish (singer and songwriter) and Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen （President of the European Commission.
BBC 100 Women 2022: Who is on the list this year?
Kimiko’s inclusion on BBC’s 100 Women list is a recognition of her tireless work in tackling climate change, her leadership in grassroots opposition to plans to build dozens of coal-fired power plants after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster (which led to cancellations of many plans), and her involvement in calls for climate actions at corporate shareholders meetings while she was international director of Kiko Network, a Japanese NGO. In 2021, Kimiko received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for her climate work, and in 2022, she founded Climate Integrate, a Tokyo-based think tank, to focus further on research, engagement and communication to accelerate policy change and actions on climate change.
Past recipients of BBC 100 Women include Sanna Marin (Prime Minister of Finland), Malala Yousafzai (Pakistani education activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate), Greta Thunberg (Swedish climate activist), and Jane Fonda (American actress). Last year, BBC dedicated half of the list to women from Afghanistan. Some of the Japanese laureates from previous years include Kimiko Date (tennis player), Miho Imada (sake brewmaster), and Yumi Ishikawa (#KuToo campaigner).
“I am honored to be chosen for the 100 Women list in 2022. For years I have been working closely with organizations at home and abroad, including Kiko Network, and I am so grateful to all of them. As the COP27 climate conference shows, humanity is facing an extremely serious situation, and it leaves no room for delay. We need bold, global action by all levels of government, corporations and civil society. We know our efforts are hugely important, and appreciate the recognition of our work in Japan by the international community. As executive director of Climate Integrate, I will work to further accelerate decarbonization efforts in Japan and beyond with various stakeholders.