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U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awardee Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 March 2016 00:00

 

U.S. EMBASSY Belmopan, Belize, March 30, 2016, Press Release

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that Ms. Debra Baptist-Estrada of Belize has been selected as one of this year’s International Women of Courage Award awardees. The Secretary of  State’s International Women of Courage Award (IWOC) annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored nearly 100 women from 60 different countries.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented Ms. Baptist-Estrada and the other awardees from around the world with the award on March 29, 2016 at the U.S. Department of State. Ms. Baptist-Estrada is the first woman from Belize to receive this award.

The 2016 awardees are:
•Sara Hossain, Barrister, Supreme Court, Bangladesh
• Debra Baptist-Estrada, Port Commander, Belize Immigration and Nationality, Belize
•Ni Yulan, Human Rights Activist, China
• Latifa Ibn Ziaten, Interfaith Activist, France
•Thelma Aldana, Attorney General, Guatemala
•Nagham Nawzat, Yezidi Activist and Gynecologist, Iraq
•Nisha Ayub, Transgender Rights Advocate, Malaysia
•Fatimata M’baye, Co-founder and President of the Mauritanian Association for Human Rights, Mauritania
•Zhanna Nemtsova, Journalist and Activist, Russia
•Zuzana Števulová, Director of the Human Rights League, Slovakia
•Awadeya Mahmoud, Founder and Chair of the Women’s Food and Tea Sellers’ Cooperative and the Women’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative for Khartoum State, Sudan
•Vicky Ntetema, Executive Director of Under the Same Sun, Tanzania
•Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit, Bookstore Owner and Co-founder of Creating Awareness for Enhanced Democracy, Thailand
•Nihal Naj Ali Al-Awlaqi, Minister of Legal Affairs, Yemen

As an IWOC awardee, Ms. Baptist-Estrada will travel on April 1st to cities across the United States to engage with the American people through an International Visitor Leadership Program.

The awardees will visit Missouri, Kentucky, Alabama, California, North Carolina, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania on their individual programs. The women will reconvene in Los Angles to reflect on their visit and discuss ways to work together to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.

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