WASHINGTON: The US state agency honored 12 women, including Jalila Haider of Balochistan, with the International Women of Courage Award.
According to a statement issued by the US Department of State, the women who were awarded the award demonstrated extraordinary courage and leadership ability to bring peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women empowerment.
Jalila Haider belongs to Balochistan’s Hazara community and is a human rights activist. He is also known as the Iron Lady of Balochistan.
According to the release, Balochistan’s “Iron Lady” has done a lot for Balochistan’s local community. She has been also raising her voice against violence against women. She provided free counseling and legal services to poor women.
The first female lawyer of the Hazara community, Jalila Haider , also launched a peaceful hunger strike for the rights of the Hazara community.
The women who have been given the award by the United States include Zarifa Ghafari of Afghanistan, Lucky Kocharian of Armenia, Shehla Humbatova of Azerbaijan, and Zemina Galeraza of Bolivia.
Jalila Haider named her award to the women of Pakistan and especially Balochistan who are calling for their rights.
It should be noted that the British Broadcasting Agency (BBC) has also included Jalila Haider in the annual list of 100 Most influential women in the world.
Every year, the United States awards the Courage Award for 12 women who show extraordinary courage and leadership ability by risking their lives. The award has so far been given to 144 women from 77 countries.
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