March 29, 2023

Facia Harris receive U S Department of States International Women of Courage award

Women rights advocate Facia Boyenoh Harris has been recognized for her life-long commitment to advancing the rights of women and girls in Liberia by the U.S Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage.

Ms. Harris was among 12 courageous women from across the globe, and the first Liberian in the program’s history, to be recognized for this prestigious award.

During the ceremony, Secretary of State Antony Blinken recognized Ms. Harris for her impactful and necessary work, “After Liberia’s civil wars, in which violence against women was widespread. Facia Boyenoh Harris dedicated herself to reducing gender-based violence and increasing women’s political participation.

Ms. Facia Harris

 She has organized marches against rape, helped free protesters from jail, conducted outreach to first-time women voters, trained democracy activists, and works with girls to make sure they know their rights, worth, and potential.”

First Lady Dr. Jill Biden spoke about the power of women to change society: “Women have been told that they are dangerous, and that is because they are, dangerous to corruption and injustice.  When we raise our voices, we have the power to shatter the shields of oppression.”

Ms. Harris, who is also graduating from the University of Liberia’s law school this week, thanked those around her for their support and shared efforts: “Today, we recognize the selfless and remarkable contributions of Liberian women for women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements.”

Photo credit: U S Embassy Monrovia-Liberia

Reported by: Blessing Nimley

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