Chief Govt of Bangladesh Environmental Legal professionals Affiliation and Supreme Court docket Lawyer Syeda Rizwana Hasan has been named for the annual Worldwide Girls of Braveness (IWOC) Award.
She gained the award for her management in her mission to guard the surroundings and defend the dignity and rights of marginalised Bangladeshis.
She is among the many 12 extraordinary girls from all over the world who gained the award for working to construct a brighter future for all.
Secretary of State Antony J Blinken will host the annual IWOC Awards in a digital ceremony on the US Division of State at 9pm on 14 March.
The First Woman of the US, Dr Jill Biden, will ship remarks in recognition of the brave accomplishments of this 12 months’s IWOC awardees, reads a press launch.
Out of an abundance of warning as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, and as a way to follow secure social distancing, the ceremony can be pooled press protection solely and can be reside streamed on www.state.gov.
Now in its sixteenth 12 months, the Secretary of State’s IWOC Award recognises girls from across the globe who’ve demonstrated distinctive braveness, energy, and management in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender fairness and equality, and the empowerment of girls and ladies, in all their range – usually at nice private threat and sacrifice.
Since March 2007, the Division of State has acknowledged greater than 170 girls from over 80 nations with the IWOC Award. US diplomatic missions abroad nominate one girl of braveness from their respective host nations and finalists are chosen and authorised by senior Division officers.
Following the digital IWOC ceremony, the awardees will take part in an Worldwide Customer Management Program (IVLP) Digital trade to attach with their American counterparts and strengthen the worldwide community of girls leaders.
The 2022 awardees are:
Rizwana Hasan – Bangladesh
Rizwana Hasan is a lawyer who demonstrates distinctive braveness and management in her mission to guard the surroundings and defend the dignity and rights of marginalized Bangladeshis. By way of landmark authorized circumstances over the previous 20 years, Rizwana has modified the dynamic of improvement in Bangladesh to incorporate a people-centered deal with environmental justice. In her capability as chief government of the general public curiosity regulation agency Bangladesh Environmental Legal professionals Affiliation, she has argued and gained monumental circumstances in opposition to deforestation, air pollution, unregulated ship breaking, and unlawful land improvement. In 2009, Rizwana was named as one among 40 Environmental Heroes of the World by TIME journal and was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2012 for her activism. Within the years since, she has continued her essential work within the courtroom to fight environmental degradation and the native results of local weather change, regardless of vital resistance from highly effective pursuits and threats of violence to herself and her household.
Simone Sibilio do Nascimento – Brazil
Simone Sibilio do Nascimento is one among Brazil’s most distinguished prosecutors and a former civil police delegate and Captain of the Army Police. Sibilio do Nascimento has served as a prosecutor for 18 years with Rio de Janeiro State’s Public Ministry (MPRJ), the place she performs a significant function in combating organized crime and public corruption, militias, and drug trafficking. Because the lead prosecutor in a number of high-profile circumstances, Sibilio do Nascimento has demonstrated her willingness to sort out controversy and expose gender-based violence and assaults on social activists. She is the primary girl to guide MPRJ’s specialised unit tasked with combating organized crime. In 2019, she obtained the Lawyer Basic’s medal of honour, the organisation’s highest commendation.
Ei Thinzar Maung – Burma
An inspiring and influential pro-democracy voice who emerged as an emblem of peaceable public resistance simply days after the 1 February 2021, coup d’état, Ei Thinzar Maung serves as Burma’s pro-democracy opposition NUG Deputy Minister for Girls, Youths, and Youngsters Affairs. Her human rights actions on behalf of minority teams, together with Rohingya, have lengthy promoted the imaginative and prescient of an inclusive multi-party democracy for Burma that respects human rights; she was imprisoned in 2015 for protesting a regulation that included a ban on pupil unions and instructing in ethnic minority languages. Submit-coup, her work to assist peaceable pro-democracy activism just like the Civil Disobedience Motion and youth engagement has resulted within the regime issuing a warrant for her arrest. Though compelled into hiding, she stays dedicated to democracy and continues to work for a powerful, inclusive, and democratic Burma that respects human rights.
Josefina Klinger Zúñiga – Colombia
Josefina Klinger Zúñiga is a brave Afro-Colombian human rights and environmental defender from Nuquí, Chocó, a rural municipality in western Colombia with a majority Afro-Colombian and Indigenous inhabitants. She has devoted her life working in a rustic that may be harmful for human rights and environmental defenders, the place greater than 80% of deaths in Colombia are linked to the financial exploitation of land and pure sources, together with unlawful mining, deforestation, and the drug commerce. Klinger Zúñiga based Mano Cambiada (“Modified Hand”) in 2006 to advertise sustainable eco-tourism in Chocó and empower the local people within the traditionally conflict-affected area alongside the Pacific coast. Her dedication to combating environmental threats to financial rural stability is rooted in her inspiration to defend the dignity and rights of marginalized communities, break down limitations to advertise constructive change and empower the Afro-Colombian and Indigenous inhabitants, and train a brand new era of leaders how you can handle environmental sources and cultural property to supply sustainable incomes and hold them away from unlawful armed teams and narcotrafficking organizations.
Taif Sami Mohammed – Iraq
Taif Sami Mohammed assumed the Deputy Finance Minister place in 2019 and concurrently holds this place in addition to Director Basic of the Finances Division. She has labored on the Ministry of Finance for about 36 years, beginning initially as a funds analyst in 1985 and dealing her means as much as Deputy Director Basic of the Finances Division in 2005, when she grew to become the Director Basic of the Finances Division. A front-line chief in opposition to corrupt practices, Mohammed is called the “Iron Girl.” A political unbiased, Mohammed has been integral in stopping and deterring funds corruption in Iraq. Mohammed obtained a Bachelor of Economics from the College of Baghdad (1985). She additionally has a diploma from the Arab Planning Institute in Kuwait, targeted on planning and improvement (1989-90).
Facia Boyenoh Harris – Liberia
Facia Boyenoh Harris is a life-long activist for girls’s rights and in opposition to gender-based violence in Liberia. As a co-founder of the Paramount Younger Girls Initiative, she has labored for many years to handle the pervasive sexual assault and harassment of school-aged ladies, create alternatives for training, and supply management coaching for the subsequent era of feminine leaders. She can be a group organizer, from co-founding the Liberian Feminist Discussion board to facilitating coordination amongst feminine advocacy teams, to fostering neighborhood activism, the place she organizes teams on points as wide-ranging as political participation, sanitation, and rape. Harris’s brave activism—which in some circumstances have been met with threats and harassment—started within the wake of two brutal civil wars, and in a context the place rape, feminine genital mutilation/slicing, and sexual harassment proceed to threaten women and girls of all ages. At present, Harris is the director for Outreach and Sensitization of Liberia’s Freedom of Info Act-enforcing Unbiased Info Fee.
Najla Mangoush – Libya
Appointed on 15 March 2021, Najla Mangoush grew to become the primary girl Overseas Minister of Libya and the fifth to carry such a place in North Africa. Throughout Libya’s 2011 Revolution, Dr Mangoush headed the Nationwide Transitional Council’s Public Engagement Unit which handled civil society organizations. A conflict-resolution professional, Dr Mangoush has served as Libya nation consultant for the US Institute of Peace and as a program officer for peace-building regulation on the Heart for World Religions, Diplomacy and Battle Decision in Arlington, Virginia. Dr Mangoush skilled as a lawyer at Benghazi College (then Garyounis College) the place she later labored as an assistant professor of regulation. She studied beneath a Fulbright Scholarship in the US, the place she graduated from the Heart for Justice and Peace Constructing at Jap Mennonite College in Virginia, and later, Dr Mangoush obtained a PhD in battle evaluation and backbone from George Mason College.
Doina Gherman – Moldova
Doina Gherman has served within the Moldovan Parliament since 2019, the place she has championed efforts to advertise girls’s inclusion and defend survivors of home and gender-based violence. She is the Celebration of Motion and Solidarity (PAS) deputy chair, head of the PAS Girls’s Group, chairs Parliament’s Overseas Coverage and European Integration Fee, and beforehand served in Parliament’s Human Rights Fee. Earlier than coming into Parliament, she labored as an inspector in Moldova’s Customs Service and taught Communication and Branding on the Institute of Sciences in Schooling. Gherman earned a grasp’s diploma in Administration from the Moldovan Academy of Public Administration and a bachelor’s diploma in overseas languages from Balti State College. She speaks Romanian, Russian, French, and English.
Bhumika Shrestha – Nepal
Transgender activist Bhumika Shrestha has advocated for gender minorities’ rights and social justice in Nepal since 2007. Regardless of the entrenched social stigma and historic biases in opposition to transgender individuals, Shrestha helped lead the motion for gender minority recognition, as Nepal confronted huge political upheaval and rebirth. Thanks largely to her activism, in 2007, Nepal’s Supreme Court docket dominated that people might be recognized as a 3rd gender on citizenship paperwork, and within the spring of 2021, she efficiently modified her citizenship from “different” to feminine. In the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, Shrestha advocated with the Authorities of Nepal to make sure the wants of the lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) group had been met on the coverage stage. On the similar time, she labored on the grassroots stage to make sure medical, financial, and psychological well being wants had been being met.
Carmen Gheorghe – Romania
Since 2013, Carmen Gheorghe has been the president of E-Romnja, an NGO that promotes Roma girls’s rights. From 2008-2019 she labored as a venture supervisor, professional, and coach on LGBTQI+, gender, and Roma points for a number of respected NGOs in Romania, together with the “Impreuna” Company for Group Growth, the Roma Schooling Fund, the LGBQTI+ rights NGO ACCEPT, the Heart for Schooling and Human Rights, and the Useful resource Heart for Roma Communities, a spin-off group of the Open Society Basis. Previous to this, Dr Gheorghe labored as an professional for the Nationwide Company for Roma, a governmental company in command of growing insurance policies for Roma communities. She has a bachelor’s diploma in Public Administration (2006), a grasp’s diploma in Gender Research (2008), and a PhD in Political Science (2014) from the Bucharest-based Nationwide Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration.
Roegchanda Pascoe – South Africa
In South Africa, a rustic grappling with excessive charges of organized crime, gender-based violence, and homicide, Roegchanda Pascoe has courageously advocated for peace, justice, and financial inclusion within the traditionally underserved and violent Cape Flats of Cape City. Regardless of a number of makes an attempt on her life and continued threats from violent criminals, Pascoe continues to create safer communities, particularly for girls and youngsters who’ve been traumatized by violence, and to coach the subsequent era of group advocates. She has referred to as on the President of South Africa, native authorities, and police to extend crime prevention, intervention, and battle corruption; and he or she has bravely convened gang leaders and group members for battle mediation.
Phạm Đoan Trang – Vietnam
Phạm Đoan Trang is an internationally acknowledged writer, blogger, journalist, and human rights defender who, by way of her writing and interviews, makes use of completely researched authorized arguments to advocate for human rights, rule of regulation, and the inclusion of all voices in political areas in Vietnam. Trang authored books and co-founded quite a few community-based organizations targeted on the growth of political participation and selling human rights, good governance, and entry to justice. As a journalist, she bravely reported on social points beforehand untouched by the Vietnamese media. Trang has obtained quite a few worldwide awards for her work. She was arrested on 6 October 2020, and sentenced to 9 years in jail on 14 December 2021, for purportedly “making, storing, or disseminating propaganda in opposition to the folks’s administration” in relation to her writings and peacefully expressing her opinions.
Given the digital nature of this 12 months’s IWOC Awards ceremony, the awardees is not going to be obtainable for in-person interviews. Nevertheless, media shops could e-mail MediaRequests@state.gov to schedule digital interviews with the awardees.
“We additionally invite you to make use of the hashtags #IWOC2022 and #WomenOfCourage on social media for information and updates on this 12 months’s awards. For any IWOC inquiries, please contact the Secretary’s Workplace of International Girls’s Points (SGWI_PA@state.gov). For any IVLP inquiries, please contact (ECA-Press@state.gov)”, reads the assertion.