Women's Rights, Human Rights
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, former ambassador Melanne Verveer among the 2013 recipients.
Three months after a young Indian woman died from her injuries after a brutal gang-rape on a Delhi bus—and three days after an American tourist fell victim to a similar sexual attack in Rio de Janeiro—the presenters and honorees at the 12th annual Vital Voices Global Leadership awards, including former secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, delivered an overriding message: the violence against women must end.
The awards, which took place on Tuesday night at Washington, D.C.’s grand Kennedy Center, honored eight human-rights heroes and heroines, global leaders, and moral warriors from Somalia to Palestine. Among the recipients this year were Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who narrowly escaped assassination by the Taliban over her campaign to educate schoolgirls, and Dr. Hawa Abdi, whose refugee camp has become a symbol of resistance in Somalia’s lawless countryside.