Monday, April 3, 2017

Humphrey Fellow alum Thabet International Women of Courage Award winner 2017

Congratulations to 2015-16 University of Minnesota (Law School) Humphrey International Fellow Fadia Thabet on being awarded the  U.S. Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award ((https://www.state.gov/s/gwi/iwoc/2017/bio/index.htm).

See the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/us/politics/melania-trump-women-gender-state-department.html?_r=0

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Ms. Fadia Thabet
Hubert H. Humphrey Alumni 2015-2016 from Yemen
University Of Minnesota, Law School

Ms. Fadia Najib Thabet (Yemen): As a Child Protection Officer who reported on violations against children in conflict during the recent conflicts in southern Yemen, Fadia Najib Thabet faced death on a regular basis as she tried to protect the region's children from Al Qaeda and Houthi militias. Through her courageous work, she dissuaded young boys from joining Al Qaeda, exposed its Yemeni branch "Ansar al Sharia" as a recruiter of child soldiers, and documented for the United Nations Security Council cases of mining, abduction, rape, and other human rights violations by various armed groups. Thabet took the view that children recruited by extremists and militants were not criminals, but, victims. She worked with parents, schools, communities, the children themselves, and eventually the United Nations to develop an action plan in southern Yemen to save children from the war. Thabet continues to work on behalf of dispossessed and uprooted children with the American Refugee Committee.

From Sherry:  Fadia is doing a tour around the US as part of the award program, this week in Atlanta and and Los Angeles before going back to school in Vermont. She is now studying Peace-building and Conflict Transformation at the School for International Training. 

Established in 2007, the annual Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide.
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