Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton at International Women of Courage Awards

First Lady Michelle Obama joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the International Women of Courage Awards ceremony this morning at the Department of State.

This marked the third time that the women have collaborated to celebrate the awards., which also coincided with the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day. The awards recognized ten women for their 'courage and leadership in the fight for social justice, human rights, and the advancement of women.'

This year's nominees include: 
Her Excellency, Roza Otunbayeva, President of the Kyrgyz Republic;
Maria Bashir, Prosecutor General, Herat Province (Afghanistan);
Nasta Palazhanka, Deputy Chairperson, Malady Front (Young Front) non-governmental organization (Belarus);
Henriette Ekwe Ebongo, journalist and publisher of Bebela (Cameroon);
Guo Jianmei, lawyer and Director of the Beijing Zhongze Women's Legal Counseling and Service Center (China);
Yoani Sanchez, Innovator and Blogger, Founder of Generación Y blog (Cuba);
The Honorable Agnes Osztolykan, Member of Parliament, Politics Can Be Different Party (Hungary);
Eva Abu Halaweh, Executive Director of Mizan Law Group for Human Rights (Jordan);
Marisela Morales Ibañez, Deputy Attorney General for Special Investigations against Organized Crime (Mexico);
Ghulam Sughra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marvi Rural Development Organization, (Pakistan)


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