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AKIPRESS.COM - BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year.
BBC creates documentaries, features and interviews about their lives, giving more space for stories that put women at the centre.
Kyrgyzstan's national hero Manas once fell in love with and fought the daughter of a nomad chief. Her name was Saikal and she made it to BBC 100 Women.
Folk singer: Sherin Sarigulova. Produced by Paul I. Harris, Olga Ivshina and Gulnara Kasmambetova. Animation by Morteza Rakhtaal.