Posted by Amtul Q Farhat
US Department of State,
Office of Global Women’s Issues:
These women are as follows:
1. Malalai Bahaduri
First Sergeant, Afghan National Interdiction Unit (NIU), Senior Instructor, Afghanistan
First Sergeant Malalai Bahaduri’s story is one of hope and perseverance that began in the mid-1960’s. At the age of two, her parents moved the family from Wardak Province to Kabul. Despite living under a Soviet occupation followed by a repressive Taliban regime, First Sergeant Bahaduri persevered and received an education through the 12th grade ……….
2. Tsering Woeser (Wei Se)
Tibetan author, poet, and blogger, China
In a period marked by increasing self-immolations and protests in Tibetan areas of China, Tsering Woeser has emerged as the most prominent Mainland activist speaking out publicly about human rights conditions for China’s Tibetan citizens.
3. Samira Ibrahim
Coordinator, Know Your Rights, Egypt
A former marketing manager, Ms. Ibrahim was among seven women subjected by the Egyptian military to forced “virginity tests” in March 2011 after they were detained during a protest in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Resisting enormous cultural pressure to remain silent about her ordeal, she brought charges against the government.
4. Julieta Castellanos
Rector, National Autonomous University of Honduras, Honduras
5. Nirbhaya “Fearless” ,India
Known to India and the world as “Nirbhaya” (Fearless), the courageous 23-year-old physiotherapy intern whose brutal gang rape on a moving bus in Delhi in December inspired widespread protests, has become the foundation of a popular movement to end violence against women in India.
6. Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin
President, Campaign for Democracy, Nigeria
7. Elena Milashina
Journalist, human rights activist, Russia
8. Fartuun Adan
Executive Director, Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre, Somalia
9. Razan Zeitunah
Human Rights Lawyer, Founder of Local Coordination Committees (LCCs) Syria
10. Ta Phong Tan,