US: US honours 14 Women of Courage

New York, US (PANA) - Fourteen women, including three from Africa, will be presented with the 2016 US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award, a statement from the US State Department said on Monday.

The statement, obtained by PANA in New York, said that the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, will present the awards on Tuesday in Washington DC, to a group of extraordinary women from around the world.

It said the US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.

It disclosed that since the inception of the award in 2007, the US Department of State has honoured nearly 100 women from 60 different countries.

The 2016 awardees include Ms. Sara Hossain, Barrister, Supreme Court, Bangladesh, Ms. Debra Baptist-Estrada, Port Commander, Belize Immigration and Nationality, Belize, Ms. Ni Yulan, Human Rights Activist, China, Ms. Latifa Ibn Ziaten, Interfaith Activist, France, and Ms. Thelma Aldana, Attorney General, Guatemala.

Others are Ms. Nagham Nawzat, Yezidi Activist and Gynecologist, Iraq, Ms. Nisha Ayub, Transgender Rights Advocate, Malaysia, Ms. Fatimata M’baye, Co-founder and President of the Mauritanian Association for Human Rights, Mauritania, Ms. Zhanna Nemtsova, Journalist and Activist, Russia, Ms. Zuzana Stevulova, Director of the Human Rights League, Slovakia, Ms. Awadeya Mahmoud, Founder and Chair of the Women’s Food and Tea Sellers’ Cooperative and the Women’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative for Khartoum State, Sudan, Ms. Vicky Ntetema, Executive Director of Under the Same Sun, Tanzania, Ms. Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit, Bookstore Owner and Co-founder of Creating Awareness for Enhanced
Democracy, Thailand, and Ms. Nihal Naj Ali Al-Awlaqi, Minister of Legal Affairs, Yemen.

The statement also said on 1 April, the honourees will travel to some US cities to engage with the American people through an International Visitor Leadership Programme, and discuss ways to work together to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.
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28 march 2016 15:48:23

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