The 11 women who were presented with the International Women of Courage Award 2023 on March 8 work for various causes, but they all share the same trait: they won’t back down from a challenge.
The prize, presented yearly by the US Secretary of State, recognizes women from all over the world who support gender equality, the rule of law, and human rights, frequently at great personal risk. This year’s ceremony was conducted at the White House for the first time, with Jill Biden serving as the hostess.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated, “To our honorees, the United States is proud to stand by your side as you and others fight 100 fights, day in and day out. And we’ll stick by you over the long run, too.
Bringing attention to Ukrainian criminality
One of the prize recipients Are two women drawing attention to the human cost of the Russian government’s aggressive, extensive invasion of Ukraine? A paramedic and volunteer from Ukraine named Yulia Payevska documented and disseminated videos of the crimes carried out by Russian troops in Mariupol. On March 16, 2022, as she was assisting with the evacuation of women and children from Mariupol, Russian forces detained her. She was tortured and beaten while she was detained for three months.
Paievska has persisted in promoting democracy and independence in Ukraine both at home and abroad since her release.
Paievska said via a Ukrainian interpreter, “I am utilizing this vote of mine to resist Russia’s operations. I share the truth with the world since I am unable to care for the injured soldiers at the front due to health issues I have (caused by my incarceration).
Bianca Zalewska, a journalist and humanitarian from Poland, is the host of a well-liked morning program there. After suffering life-threatening wounds when Russian plenipotentiary soldiers opened fire on her press car in Luhansk Oblast in 2014, she has continued to report on Russian aggression in Ukraine.
Zalewska and her family continue to bring evidence of atrocities despite specific threats.
“I’ll show because somebody has to, and I know this place, and I know how to move around during the war, and I know how to protect myself, so I have to go there,” Zalewska added. ShareAmerica informed.
struggling for justice globally
The 2023 International Women of Courage Award also recognized:
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The WHO works to ensure that Afghans, particularly women, girls, and people from underrepresented groups, are granted refugee protection and asylum in Turkey.
The Special Envoy for Argentina on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity was the impetus for the country’s Executive Order enacting the Transgender Work Quota Act.
Professor Daniele Darlan, a former head of the Central African Republic’s Constitutional Court, maintained that nation’s constitution and safeguarded the independence of the judiciary.
A leader of the Cabecar indigenous community and a member of the China Kicha tribe from Costa Rica, Doris Rios works to better the lives of the native people.
Mesa Despite being repeatedly arrested, Mohammedan independent Ethiopian journalist who reported gebelow-based violence and human rights abuses during the ProverbOsink northern conflict Human rights advocate S. Hadel Abdel Aziza supports some of Jordan’s most marginalized citizens, including migrants, refugees, and victims of sexual and gender-based abuse.
During the unrest in Kazakhstan in 2022, activist Bakhytzhan Toregozhininto assisted survivors and recorded human rights abuses.
Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi has dedicated her life to defending the rights of handicapped people in Malaysia.
Bolor Gandbold, a brigadier general
an advocate of female leadership in security and peacekeeping missions and the first female general in the Mongolian armed services.
The Iranian women and girls who have been protesting for months against Mahsa (Zhina) Amini’s death while in the care of the Iranian morality police received the Madeline Albright Honorary Group Award from the State Department in addition, despite repressive measures taken by the Iranian government.
Since 2007, the State Department has recognized more than 180 women in 80 different nations. The award recipients will take part in a private International Visitor Leadership Program exchange to meet American peers and develop international networks of women leaders as part of this new sisterhood.
First lady Jill Biden reminded the prize recipients, “Know that there is no end to the wonderful good you have done. Everyone who hears your story is moved. It changes us and gives us new hope. You encourage others to find the confidence within us and make the same call as you work for justice, speak out, and pursue peace.