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Sunitha Krishnan receives Vital Voices award

PTI Washington | Updated on April 13, 2011

Sunitha Krishnan, an anti-human trafficking pioneer and co-founder of the NGO Prajwala, has been honoured with the Human Rights award of the prestigious Vital Voices Global Leadership Award.

Among other awardees at the event were Burmese pro-democracy icon Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, Ms Liron Peleg-Hadomi and Ms Noha Khatieb of Israel; Ms Kah Walla from Cameroon and Ms Fatema Akbari of Afghanistan.

“Tonight we honour an entrepreneur from Afghanistan who provides job training for women; two peace activists from Israel — one Arab, one Jewish; a rescuer of trafficked women and girls in India; a presidential candidate from Cameroon; a long-time member of the United States Senate; and the leader of the democracy movement in Burma,” the Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Clinton, said at a glittering function held at the Kennedy Center.

Ms Krishnan, who hails from Hyderabad and herself a victim of sexual abuse, has put the issue of commercial sexual exploitation before a wider audience, said Vital Voices, a Washington-based non-governmental organization which empowers emerging leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.

Ms Clinton said each of the awardees hail from different cultures and parts of the world, but they share important values and attributes.

“They each look for ways to make systemic change — to lift the lives of thousands, even millions of people. They each have paid a price for their work in arrests or abuse or ridicule, insults, and isolation. Their courage has inspired others to stand with them despite the risks and the consequences — to believe in the possibility of a better future and their own ability to help build it,” she said.

Published on April 13, 2011

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