Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s minister for climate change, has been ranked among the FT’s top 25 most influential women.
The Financial Times compiled the list, which was broken down into three categories:
Leaders \Heroes \Creators
Sherry Rehman has been featured in the “Leaders” segment alongside people like Mia Mottley, the first female prime minister of Barbados, Francia Elena Marquez Mina, the vice president of Colombia, and Sanna Marin, the first female prime minister of Finland.
Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, referred to Rehman as a “negotiator with grit” in the book’s introduction.
According to Sturgeon, Rehman led Pakistan during the COP27 international climate summit, and the minister “gave a powerful account of the devastating floods in Pakistan.”
She added that Rehman revealed the “injustice at the core of climate change” to the world.
Rehman reportedly told world leaders, which Sturgeon recalled that “The bargain made between the global north and global south is not working.”
The persuasiveness of Rehman’s case made the developed countries pay attention to the suffering of a developing country bearing the brunt of their pollution.
Sturgeon pointed to the creation of a global Loss and Damage Financial Facility as evidence that “her negotiating skills, her pragmatism in navigating the obstacles that developed countries put in her way, and her campaigning voice was instrumental in the progress on loss and damage at COP27.”
“Her moral authority, representing communities suffering the impacts of climate change, led to the ground-breaking agreement to establish a fund that has given renewed hope to many in the global south,” Scotland’s First Minister stated.
Sturgeon hoped that Rehman would continue her fight for global financial reform, climate justice, and the funding necessary to provide a future for the areas of Pakistan that will be affected by this year’s floods for a very long time.