2012 International Women of Courage: Bold & Beautiful Advocates for Empowerment

(http://twitpic.com/8ttbei) At a time when women’s rights across the globe are being challenged as never before, including in the U.S., ten women who fought for the rights of women and girls around the world were recognized today for their courage and achievements. Read More
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WOMEN OF COURAGE FROM AROUND THE WORLD RECEIVE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDS...

2012 International Women of Courage Award
Winners


Honorable Maryam Durani
Afghanistan

Living in Afghanistan’s most conservative and most dangerous Province, Maryam Durani continues to speak out for the rights of Afghan women and girls.


Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo
Brazil
Major Azevedo demonstrated extreme courage and commitment to her duties by successfully arresting a gang of criminals who had kidnapped and tortured her.


Zin Mar Aung
Burma
A former political prisoner, Zin Mar Aung was imprisoned for eleven years because of her political activism and has dedicated her life to promoting democracy, women’s empowerment, and conflict resolution in Burma.


Jineth Bedoya Lima
Colombia
As an investigative journalist, Jineth Bedoya Lima was kidnapped, driven several hours away and repeatedly gang raped. After undergoing that horrifying experience she has dedicated her life to working as an investigative journalist while pushing for justice in her own case and other unsolved cases of sexual and gender-based violence.


Hana Elhebshi
Libya
Working under the pseudonym “Numidia,” a reference to the ancient Berber kingdom and to her own Berber heritage, Hana has contributed greatly to proper documentation of the violence and tumult of the Libyan revolution and reached out to international media to share the realities of living under the previous regime, despite grave risk.


Aneesa Ahmed
Maldives
Aneesa Ahmed stands out as a staunch advocate for ending gender-based violence (GBV) in the Maldives.


Shad Begum
Pakistan
As founder and executive director of Association for Behavior and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT), Shad Begum provides political training, microcredit, primary education, and health services to women in the most conservative areas of Pakistan.


Samar Badawi
Saudi Arabia
In one of the world’s most restrictive environments for women, Samar Badawi is a powerful voice for two of the most significant issues facing Saudi women: women's suffrage and the guardianship system, under which women cannot marry, work, or travel without a guardian’s (male relative) permission.


Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih
Sudan
Hawa Salih has been persecuted and detained on multiple occasions by the Government of Sudan, and was forced to flee Sudan in 2011. In spite of the personal harassment and political challenges, she hopes to return to her homeland to continue defending the rights of Darfuris, and in particular the rights of women and children.


Safak Pavey
Turkey
Safak Pavey, the first disabled woman elected to the Turkish Parliament, has demonstrated great personal dignity in overcoming physical obstacles every day, while locally and globally championing the rights of vulnerable populations, including refugees and disabled persons.

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SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON HOSTS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS PROGRAM FOR WOMEN OF COURAGE...

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WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD RECEIVED RECOGNITION FOR THEIR FIGHT FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS & EMPOWERMENT...

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