Mar 08, 2019

Sri Lankan among International Women of Courage

A Sri Lankan national is among the 10 recipients named for the prestigious International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award this year.
Attorney-At-Law Marini de Livera, is women and children’s rights activist and advocate of the arts.
Hosted by the secretary of State Pompeo at the U.S. Department of State, the IWOC Awards will honor 10 extraordinary women from around the world. First Lady of the United States Melania Trump will deliver special remarks at the ceremony.

Now in its 13th year, the Secretary of State’s IWOC Award 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 and sacrifice. Since the inception of this award in March 2007, the State Department has recognized more than 120 women from more than 65 different countries. U.S. diplomatic missions overseas nominate one woman of courage from their respective host countries. The finalists are selected and approved by senior Department officials.

This year's recipients are :