In the State Department’s annual International Women of Courage event, 13 women were awarded for their human rights work in their home countries. This year First Lady Melania Trump presented the awards. In the past, it was usually a role fulfilled by the Secretary of State.
“It will be my great honor to share a stage with these amazing women. Each of the award recipients has overcome incredible odds in her pursuit to change the world and make it better,” the first lady said in a statement ahead of the awards ceremony.
In this year’s ceremony, Fadia Najib-Thabet of Yemen was given honored for her work protecting children from radicalization and recruitment.
U.S. first lady Melania Trump presents the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award to Fadia Najib-Thabet who is from Yemen March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. The award honors women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve the lives of others.
According to the State Department website, she exposed a branch of Al Qaeda as child soldier recruiters and risked her life in southern Yemen as a child protection officer and reporter of human rights violations.
Watch the full 45 minute-long event below.