That's what we call girl power!
On March 8th, Senator Ras Adiba Radzi, along with 11 other women from all around the globe, will be honoured with the 2023 International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award in Washington, United States.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and First Lady Jill Biden will preside over the annual ceremony, according to a statement released by the US Department of State.
The announcement read, "The IWOC Award ceremony will honour a group of 11 extraordinary women from around the world who are working to build a brighter future for all."
In a snippet from the US Department of State's official website, Ras Adiba is described as below:
"Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi has spent most of her professional life advancing and promoting human rights, selflessly advocating for vulnerable populations and using her platforms to shed light on injustices in Malaysian society. She was first known as a famous broadcast journalist and news presenter, television presenter, and sports commentator. Born able bodied, she became permanently paralyzed from the waist down after a spinal injury following a car accident and then a brutal assault six years after the accident."
"After her injuries, she continued as a journalist while also founding OKU Sentral, an NGO to empower the persons with disabilities community. Because of her prominence and over 34 years experience in journalism, she has raised the conversation about rights and access for persons with disabilities to the national level and made it normal for people to see her on TV or in parliament in a wheelchair. "
"In May 2020, the Malaysian King appointed Ras Adiba Radzi senator as the representative for persons with disabilities. In November 2020, Ras Adiba was appointed the first female chair of the Malaysian national news agency, Bernama, significant as Malaysia lacks women, and even more so persons with disabilities, in leadership roles. "
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