05 March 2009
State Department's 2009 International Women of Courage Awards
Secretary Clinton pays tribute to eight outstanding women leaders worldwide
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
March 5, 2009
The Secretary of State's 2009 International Women of Courage Awards
In celebration of International Women's Day, the Department of State announces the recipients of the third annual Secretary of State's Award for International Women of Courage. This is the only award within the Department of State that pays tribute to outstanding women leaders worldwide. It recognizes the courage and leadership shown as they struggle for social justice and human rights.
This year, the Secretary of State will pay tribute to honorees representing Afghanistan, Guatemala, Iraq, Malaysia, Niger, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. They are among over 80 exceptional women nominated by U.S. Embassies worldwide for their extraordinary work in advancing human rights. The women will be in Washington from March 8 - 12 for a program of meetings with government officials, NGOs and the media. The Office of International Visitors is partnering with the Office of International Women's Issues on this project.
The 2009 recipients of the Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Awards are: (...)
Ms. Veronika Marchenko (Russia)
Veronika Marchenko is the head of the NGO Mother's Right, and has demonstrated exceptional bravery and leadership in exposing the truth surrounding the disturbing peacetime deaths within the Russian armed forces. Ms. Marchenko has successfully sought justice on behalf of bereaved families of servicemen who died as a result of cruel and inhumane conditions.