An international think tank on Sunday placed Turkey's first lady among the world's top 10 most influential Muslim figures.
The Institute of Peace and Development (INSPAD), which simultaneously operates from Pakistan and Belgium, has nominated Emine Erdoğan for its International Peace Awards 2020 for the 10 leading Muslim figures across the globe for their services in different fields.
The list also includes former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Muhammad, the head of Bahrain's Council of Women Shaikha Noora Al Khalifa, Muslim World League Secretary-General Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa of Saudi Arabia, U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, U.K. House of Lords member Lord Nazir Ahmed and Ibrahim Bin Salah Al-Naumi, the undersecretary of higher education and chairman of the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue in Qatar.
INSPAD's President Muhammad Tahir Tabassum told Anadolu Agency (AA) that Emine Erdoğan was chosen for her tremendous services in the fields of social development with a focus on women's empowerment, the environment, culture, arts and social awareness.
The body, which has 5,000 ambassadors of peace and over 12,000 members from different countries, every year selects prominent Muslim figures from around the globe.