Secretary Rice Honors International Women of Courage
"When women are given tools to succeed, such as education and economic and political opportunities, they create stronger families and healthier, more vibrant communities, and directly and measurably increase economic development."
- Paula Dobriansky, Department of State official
Washington, D.C., USA - In the first ceremony of its kind at the U.S. Department of State, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice March 7 paid tribute to 10 women from around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership. The honorees represented Afghanistan, Argentina, Indonesia, Iraq, Latvia, Maldives, Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.
According to Dobriansky, this year’s awardees are “an inspiration to all, men and women, who champion human rights.”