Marini de Livera honoured with International Women of Courage Award | Daily News

Marini de Livera honoured with International Women of Courage Award

Marini de Livera receiving the award from US First Lady Melania Trump. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo looks on.
Marini de Livera receiving the award from US First Lady Melania Trump. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo looks on.

Marini de Livera was an awardee among 10 extraordinary women from around the world who were honoured with International Women of Courage Awards (IWOC) 2019 at the US State Department on Thursday.

Other awardees hailed from Bangladesh, Burma, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Montenegro, Peru, Tanzania and Ireland.

The US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award (IWOC) honours women who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and leadership in advocating for social justice, human rights, gender equality, and the advancement of women and girls. Since its inception in 2007, over 120 women from 65 countries have been honoured with the IWOC award.

The First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump was the Chief Guest and delivered special remarks.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo congratulated the IWOC awardees on being recognized as outstanding women leaders around the world as part of US’ commitment to advancing the status of women and children around the world. Prompeo also spoke on Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), launched in February 2019 by the White House, aimed at empowering 50 million women across developing countries by 2025 and the launch of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) on March 6 in support of W-GDP, by the State Department, to provide online education resources, foster networks that support access to mentorships, and connect women through existing exchange programmes.

Marini de Livera champions the causes of women and child victims of crime, promotes alternative care for children trapped in orphanages and engages in the innovative use of visual arts and street theatre to promote legal literacy. She is the former Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority and a member of the Steering Committee on the Rehabilitation of Child Soldiers, the Prisons’ Reforms Committee, and the National Committee on Women. She also chaired the committee that drafted the amendments to the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act and worked as a Human Rights Trainer.

Charge d’Affaires of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington DC, Sarath Dissanayake participated in the felicitation ceremony together with members of the Diplomatic Corps.


 

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