Melania Trump helps present courage awards to 13 women

The first lady and top State Department official Thomas Shannon are presenting the awards in Washington.

Published: 29th March 2017 11:01 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2017 11:01 PM   |  A+A-

First lady Melania Trump presents the 2017 Secretary's of State's International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award to Saadet Özkan from Turkey, Wednesday, March 29,2017. (Photo | AP)

First lady Melania Trump presents the 2017 Secretary's of State's International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award to Saadet Özkan from Turkey, Wednesday, March 29,2017. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON: Melania Trump is helping present courage awards to 13 women from around the world.  

The first lady and top State Department official Thomas Shannon presented the awards in Washington.

Mrs Trump says the women are "true heroes" and "extraordinary examples" of finding the courage needed to help change the world.     

The Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award recognises women who have shown courage and leadership while advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women's empowerment often at personal risk.

Wednesday honorees hail from Bangladesh, Botswana, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Niger, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkey, Vietnam and Yemen.     

The State Department has honoured more than 100 women from more than 60 countries since 2007.

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