Executive Director of the Directorate of Gender Affairs Sheila Roseau has been accorded the International Women of Courage Award, and has been identified as one of 10 women worldwide to receive that honour to mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
Roseau was the only nominee from the Eastern Caribbean for the prestigious award, and she will be recognised locally by the US Embassy to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean for her work in protecting women from violence, Chargé d’Affaires D Brent Hardt said in an address to mark the observance.
“She has been a leading advocate for Antigua’s Domestic Violence Prevention Act, established a sexual assault referral centre, and led the charge for legislation to fight trafficking in persons,” Hardt said.
Yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated International Women’s Day in Washington, DC, with a ceremony during which they announced the 10 global honorees selected to receive the International Women of Courage Awards.
“The recipients represent the women who work in their countries against corruption and injustice, and who fight for human rights, good governance and economic opportunity. They are agents of change. Overcoming poverty, discrimination, and violence, the honorees not only champion the rights of women and girls, but also serve as an inspiration to us all,” Hardt said.
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