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2009 International Women of Courage Award


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted the 3rd annual International Women of Courage Awards ceremony on March 11, 2009 with guest speaker First Lady Michelle Obama in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department. Full Text» Video»

The 2009 International Women of Courage awardees are:

Date: 03/03/2009 Description: 2009 International Woman of Courage Awardee: Hadizatou Mani of Niger State Dept Photo   Hadizatou Mani
Niger
“No woman should suffer the way I did.”

Date: 03/03/2009 Description: 2009 International Woman of Courage Awardee: Ambiga Sreenevasan of Malaysia State Dept Photo  

Ambiga Sreenevasan
Malaysia
Gender equality is a responsibility of all Malaysians.


Date: 03/03/2009 Description: 2009 International Woman of Courage Awardee: Veronika Marchenko of Russia State Dept Photo   Veronika Marchenko
Russia
We are ready for a long fight in order to make the law prevail.”

Date: 03/16/2009 Description: 2009 International Woman of Courage: Reem Al Numery State Dept Photo    Reem Al Numery
Yemen

I thought of ways to set fire to my wedding dress.”

Date: 03/03/2009 Description: 2009 International Woman of Courage Awardee: Suaad Abbas Salman Allami of Iraq State Dept Photo   Suaad Abbas Salman Allami
Iraq

A strong and credible advocate…to ensure equality is not only talked about but practiced and upheld.

Date: 03/03/2009 Description: 2009 International Woman of Courage Awardee: Mutabar Tadjibayeva of Uzbekistan State Dept Photo    Mutabar Tadjibayeva
Uzbekistan
“They can break my body, but they can never break my spirit.”

Date: 03/03/2009 Description: 2009 International Woman of Courage Awardee: Wazhma Frogh of Afghanistan State Dept Photo    Wazhma Frogh
Afghanistan
“My goal is to really represent Islam. It’s not a religion that oppresses women.”

Date: 03/03/2009 Description: 2009 International Woman of Courage Awardee: Norma Cruz of Guatemala State Dept Photo

   Norma Cruz
Guatemala
We’re not going to allow one more woman to die.


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