Limerick’s Vicky Phelan selected on BBC 100 list for ‘inspiring and influential’ women

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BBC 100: Vicky Phelan far right with her husband Jim, children and Amelia and Darragh at the Christmas lights on Sunday Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

BBC 100: Vicky Phelan far right with her husband Jim, children and Amelia and Darragh at the Christmas lights on Sunday Picture: Sean Curtin/True Media

LIMERICK campaigner Vicky Phelan has been selected as one of a 100 “inspiring and influential” women from around the world for 2018. 

The BBC 100 Women 2018 lists includes leaders, trailblazers and everyday heroes from more than 60 countries around the world. 

Ms Phelan, a Limerick Person of the Month award winner, who was selected on the high-profile BBC list for her role in exposing the Cervical Check Screening scandal, joins Chelsea Clinton, former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard and actress Jameela Jamil, who also feature. 

She said: “To be included alongside some of the women I have read about and what they have achieved is very humbling. I feel so privileged to be named as one of the #BBC100Women.”

She added: “I am overwhelmed by all the awards recently. This one I don't feel worthy of considering some of the other women who have been included. I am so honoured to be in their company.”

“The women on our list come from more than 60 countries and while some you will know, others have amazing stories you won't have heard of,” the BBC said. 

“Some will be telling us about what they will be putting in the Freedom Trash Can - our digital bin for all the items women feel hold them back.” 

“Others will bring us stories of achievement against the odds - from the British woman who used her jail time to create an inspiring business, to the Afghan girl who was almost swapped for a boy.”