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* U.S. Secretary of State honors Sri Lankan woman at the Internternational Women of Courage Awards
Thu, Mar 11, 2010, 12:42 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 11, Colombo: A Sri Lankan woman was among the ten women from around the globe honored for their exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women's rights and advancement by the United States Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday.

Secretary Clinton presented the 2010 Internternational Women of Courage Award to Sri Lanka's Jansila Majeed in a ceremony held at the State Department. First lady Michelle Obama was the special guest at the occasion.

Secretary Clinton introducing Ms. Majeed said she is being honored for her dedicated grassroots activism and minority community leadership on behalf of women and girls, their empowerment, peace building, relief work, the resettlement of internally displaced persons, and a commitment to bringing society together.

Ms. Majeed who lived as an internally displaced person for almost 20 years became one of the few women activists working on behalf of the displaced Muslim and Tamil civilians and is the managing trustee of the Community Trust Fund in Puttalam Province.

The annual International Women of Courage Award, started in March 2007 by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women's rights and advancement.

(Associated Press Photo: First lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton with Jansila Majeed)

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