Honouring women of courage

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US First Lady Melania Trump presenting the International Women of Courage Award to Ms Fadia Najib-Thabet from Yemen on Wednesday in Washington, DC. Mrs Trump made the case for women's empowerment at the ceremony honouring women activists who have overcome great odds to advance human rights. She also called for an embrace of diversity. Three of the 13 women honoured were from countries targeted by Mr Donald Trump's thwarted travel ban on refugees and travellers from Muslim-majority nations.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 31, 2017, with the headline 'Honouring women of courage'. Print Edition | Subscribe