Intern Women of courage award2014                                                                                                              Nasrin Oryakhil

WASHINGTON,  5 Mar 2014 (Pajhwok/ENNA) - Felicitated by the US First Lady, Michelle Obama, with the prestigious International Women of Courage Award, in recognition of her “tireless effort” to promote women’s health and maternal health services in Afghanistan, Dr Nasrin Oryakhil dedicated the award to women of Afghanistan.

“This award not just belongs to me. It belongs to all of Afghan women, who are working and living in the remotest parts of the country under harsh circumstances,” Dr Nasrin said after receiving the award in Washington, DC. “This award is a motivation and encouragement to all women of my country”.

Dr Nasrin Oryakhil is a doctor of Gynecology and Obstetrics and has been the Director of the Malalai Maternity Hospital in Kabul since 2004.

She said in her address at the awards ceremony: “Empowering a woman means empowering a society and generation.” She said following the support of international community, Afghan women were able to change the tide against them and gain numerous achievements in the past 12 years.

“While obstacles and challenges remain such as lack of security and rule of law, domestic violence, and corruption, the hope and aspiration of the Afghan women are greater than the challenges,” she added.

Established in 2007 by the US State Department , the annual International Women of Courage Award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk. This year 10 women leaders from different countries received the award.