Aneesa Ahmed

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Aneesa Ahmed received the International Women of Courage Award from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama in 2012

Aneesa Ahmed (Arabic: أنيسة أحمد) is a Maldivian women's rights activist.[1] In 2012, she received the International Women of Courage Award.[2][3] She was the second woman from the Maldivies to receive this award.[4]

Life[change | change source]

Aneesa studied at Pennsylvania State University from 1985 to 1986. She was a Humphrey Fellow.[1]

Work[change | change source]

Aneesa was Deputy Minister of Women's Affairs in Maldives. She talked about domestic violence, even though it was a taboo subject.[1] After her job in the government, she started the NGO "Hope for Women". She talked about violence against women with police, students, and others.[5]

When the national radio of the Maldives had talks by religious students who said female genital mutilation was Islamic, she asked the government to stop them. She talked about the harm caused by female genital mutilation.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "2012 International Women of Courage Award Winners".
  2. "2012 International Women of Courage Award Winners - International Women of Courage Celebration".
  3. "HaveeruOnline - "International Women and Courage Award" is an added impetus: Aneesa Ahmed". haveeru.com.mv. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  4. "Maldives: US awards Aneesa Ahmed 'International Woman of Courage' award". International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
  5. "Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton Honor 10 Women with International Women of Courage Awards (PHOTOS)". 9 March 2012.

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