Armenian journalist, Azerbaijani lawyer awarded International Women of Courage Award
Azerbaijani lawyer Shahla Qumbatova and Armenian journalist Lucy Kocharyan are two of 12 laureates of the International Women of Courage Award.
This prize is awarded by the US Secretary of State annually since 2007 to women from around the world who have shown courage and leadership in the struggle for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Shahla Qumbatova is one of the few Azerbaijani lawyers who defend human rights advocates, journalists, bloggers, activists, opposition members and representatives of the LGBT community, whom the state persecutes for their views or demands for respect for rights and freedoms.
At the same time, Qumbatova herself regularly faces threats and harassment for her activities.
Lucy Kocharyan is an advocate for the rights of children with mental illness and against violence against women and children.
She also faces harsh criticism and threats of lawsuits. The organizers took into account the efforts and courage of Kocharyan, who raised the topic of domestic and sexual violence in Armenia and insisted on the need for serious measures in this area.
The award ceremony will be held March 4 in Washington, at 10:00 local time.
The awards will be awarded by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, reports Voice of America.