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PhotoNews: Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin and 8 others honored by US

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Michelle Obama, John Kerry, Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin Women's rights advocate Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin (C) of Nigeria Michelle Obama, John Kerry, Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin Women's rights advocate Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin (C) of Nigeria Source: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America

 

United States Department honored Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, Human rights advocate with Courage Award yesterday on the celebration of 102nd International Women's Day. The presentation was made by John Kerry, US Secretary of State and  U.S. first lady Michelle Obama.

Michelle Obama U.S. first lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi.

"First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry marked International Women's Day at the State Department where they presented the International Women of Courage Awards to nine remarkable women who, as Mrs. Obama said in her remarks, show us what our most basic values look like when they are put to the test.

When these women witnessed horrific crimes or the disregard for basic human rights they spoke up, risking everything they had to see that justice was done.  When they saw their communities or their countries were ignoring issues like sexual violence or women’s rights, they gave those issues a face and a voice.  And with every act of strength and defiance, with every blog post, with every community meeting, these women have inspired millions to stand with them, and find their own voices, and work together to achieve real and lasting change.

Young women from the White House Leadership and Mentoring Initiative were in the audience, and the First Lady encouraged them to listen carefully to the women being recognized today, and use their example as a guide for their own paths forward.

In them, you can see that no matter who you are ...or where you come from, if you’re willing to dig deep enough, and fight hard enough, and believe strongly enough in yourself, then you can truly change the world. ...And the potential that I see in not just all of you, but all of our young women all across this world, that reminds me that the rest of us must work to lift up the women and girls in our own communities -- because we know that when women and girls rise, their communities and their countries rise with them." - White House Blog

Michelle Obama U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) holds hands with women's rights advocate Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin of Nigeria after she received the International Women of Courage award at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi.

Michelle Obama U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) embraces women's rights advocate Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin of Nigeria after she received her International Women of Courage award at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi.

Michelle Obama Women's rights advocate Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin (C) of Nigeria is congratulated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama after Odumakin received the International Women of Courage award at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry honor the recipients of the International Women of Courage Award photo: White House

 

L-R:  Malalai Bahaduri, First Sergeant, Afghan National Interdiction Unit, Afghanistan; awardee Julieta Castellanos, Rector, National Autonomous University of Honduras, Honduras; awardee Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, President, Campaign for Democracy, Nigeria; Secretary of State John Kerry; Teresa Heinz Kerry, Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman; awardee Elena Milashina, journalist and human rights activist, Russia; and awardee Fartuun Adan, Executive Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, Somalia. Awarded in absentia were Tsering Woeser (Wei Se), Tibetan author, poet, blogger, China; Razan Zeitunah, human rights lawyer and Founder, Local Coordination Committees,Syria; Ta Phong Tan, blogger,Vietnam; and Nirbhaya “Fearless,” champion for justice, India. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy).

Michelle Obama Afghanistan Counter Narcotics Police First Sergeant Malalai Bahaduri (C) holds up her International Women of Courage award while posing for photographs with U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi.Award recipient Afghanistan Counter Narcotics Police First Sergeant Malalai Bahaduri

 

Michelle Obama Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre Executive Director Fartuun Adan (C) of Somalia poses for photographs with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama after receiving the International Women of Courage award at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi.Award recipient  Somalian :Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre Executive Director Fartuun Adan

Michelle Obama Investigative journalist Elena Milashina (C) of Russia poses for photographs with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama after receiving the International Women of Courage award at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi.Award recipient  Journalist Elena Milashina (C) of Russia

Michelle Obama Honduras Truth and Reconciliation Commission member Julieta Castellanos (R) poses for photographs with U.S. first lady Michelle Obama after receiving the International Women of Courage award at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi.Award recipient  Honduras Truth and Reconciliation Commission member Julieta Castellanos

Michelle Obama U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry host the International Women of Courage awards ceremony at the State Department March 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. In celebration of the 102nd International Women's Day, the State Department honored nine women from around the world with the International Women of Courage Award, including the 23-year-old Indian woman known only as "Nirbhaya," who died from injuries she received after being gang raped by six men last December in Delhi.

 

Sources of Pictures and words: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images North America and US White House blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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