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Shamim Jawad Receives the Liberty Award


Washington, D.C. Shamim Jawad received the Liberty Award by Dialogue on Diversity. The Award wad presented to her by Rend al-Rahim, Ambassador of Iraq to the United States, in a ceremony hosted at the Hall of Americas. Other awardees included Leila Teresa Rachid Cowles, Paraguayan Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Carina Perelli, Director of the United Nations Electoral Assistance Division.

Dialogue on Diversity created the Liberty Award in 2002 to recognize women who have effectively operated to promote human rights and advocated social welfare for women in perilous settings and post-conflict societies. In 2004 the Liberty Award was granted to Ambassador Rend al-Rahim.

Shamim Jawad, the spouse of Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, Said Tayeb Jawad, was selected to receive the Liberty Award in recognition of her commitment to the Afghan women and children. In her acceptance remarks, Shamim Jawad said, "This award in fact recognizes the hardship, struggle and achievements of the Afghan women, who suffered from three decades of war and violence, but kept their hopes alive. I accept this award with profound gratitude on behalf of courageous Afghan and all other women who had never given up and always dreamed of, and demanded a better future for themselves and humanity."

Dialogue on Diversity is a non-profit educational organization, accredited by the United Nations and dedicated to fostering creative interchange of concepts and experience among business and professional women of all ethnic and national communities.

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