WASHINGTON--First Lady Michelle Obama--and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton--team up Tuesday morning at the State Department to mark International Women's Day, delivering awards to heroic female activists from around the world.
Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored 38 women from 27 different countries. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to women activists worldwide.
The names of this year's honorees:
Her Excellency, Roza Otunbayeva, President of the Kyrgyz Republic;
Maria Bashir, Prosecutor General, Herat Province (Afghanistan);
Nasta Palazhanka, Deputy Chairperson, Malady Front (Young Front) non-governmental organization (Belarus);
Henriette Ekwe Ebongo, journalist and publisher of Bebela (Cameroon);
Guo Jianmei, lawyer and Director of the Beijing Zhongze Women's Legal Counseling and Service Center (China);
Yoani Sanchez, Innovator and Blogger, Founder of Generación Y blog (Cuba);
The Honorable Agnes Osztolykan, Member of Parliament, Politics Can Be Different Party (Hungary);
Eva Abu Halaweh, Executive Director of Mizan Law Group for Human Rights (Jordan);
Marisela Morales Ibañez, Deputy Attorney General for Special Investigations against Organized Crime (Mexico);
Ghulam Sughra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Marvi Rural Development Organization, (Pakistan)