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A woman’s voice from the Middle East as the revolution continues
A presentation by the 2013 International Women of Courage Award recipient & an encore presentation of the Off-Square Players One-Billion Rising Performance. The guest speaker will address her role and outcomes of advocating for women’s rights in the midst of political change. Program will be facilitated by WCIV Executive Director Holly Pratt.
For security reasons: The guest speaker’s name will be announced publically on Monday March 4, 2013. per U.S. State Department protocol.
Unclassified information about the guest speaker:
This award winner was a former private sector manager and lost her job due to her activism fighting for women’s rights in a conservative society. She participated in a protest that was violently dispersed, and was then abused by law enforcement officers. After her release, she bravely brought charges against the government and won in a civilian court. She is dealing now with the stigma of sexual abuse in her community, and organizing other women to join the cause. The visitor is an Arabic speaker with a focus on Women, Peace and Security. Named as one of the ’150 Fearless Women’ by the Daily Beast, these women are starting revolutions from Detroit to Kabul, these women are making their voices heard.
The prestigious Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage annually recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored 46 women from 34 different countries.Following the awards ceremony, the International Women of Courage will travel to different U.S. cities like Jackson Wyoming, to engage with their American counterparts through the International Visitor Leadership Program. The International Women of Courage Award Ceremony will be open to credentialed members of the media and live streamed at www.state.gov on Thursday March 7, 2013. For information on the award and the recipients, you can read about past awards at the Department of State’s website.