These are the only two Moroccan women in the rankings. The Executive Director of the National Child Rights Observatory (ONDE), Lamia Bazir, and the singer Salma Rachid are among the 100 most influential young Africans in the world according to the 2019 ranking established by the Africa Youth Awards.
In the 51st place, Lamia Bazir, a graduate of Columbia University and Sciences Po in Paris, is a government officer, humanitarian, and advocate for youth and women. She has launched the Foundation of the woman and the rural girl in which she set up the program “Empowering Women in Atlas”, a project that gave 100 women from villages in the Middle Atlas “the means to have access, like urban women, to entrepreneurship”, as she explained in a meeting with Women of Morocco in 2017. Today, she focuses her energy on another cause, namely the rights of children, while still catering to rural women.
As for Salma Rachid, she was ranked 81st. The young woman was noticed during the 2nd edition of the competition “Arab Idol” 2013, reaching the final. Upon leaving the show, she signed a ten-year contract with MBC-affiliated Platinum Records.