Sara to receive Int’l Women of Courage Award

Barrister Sara Hossain would be given the US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 2016 in Washington D.C tonight and she has already reached the United States to receive the award, reports BSS.

The award would be handed over to Sara Hossain at a ceremony to be held at 8:30pm (BST) today and 10:30am (US time) in presence of US Secretary of State John Kerry and 13 other awardees from around the world, a US Embassy statement said here today.

She has been nominated for the award for demonstrating exceptional courage and leadership in saraadvocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk.

Sara Hossain, daughter of eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain, is a human rights lawyer who has served as a powerful voice for Bangladesh’s most disadvantaged and marginalised citizens, particularly women and girls, in her country’s highest courts of law.

A Barrister in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and the Honorary Executive Director of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Ms. Hossain played a key role in drafting her country’s first comprehensive legislation on violence against women, which became law in 2010.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Award, for which nearly 100 women have been recognized, the release added.