Indian Origin President of Malaysian Bar council, Ambiga Sreenevasan was among the eight recipients of this year’s “International Women of Courage Award”, presented by US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington.
Sreenevasan was chosen for the prestigious award, established by the US Department of State, for being a forerunner in advancing human rights, the status of women and religious tolerance in Malaysia, ‘Bernama´ news agency reported.
The social organisations in Malaysia have lauded Sreenevasan’s efforts as a strong emerging voice for tolerance and justice, which has a direct impact on judicial reform in Malaysia, contributing to strengthening of the role of women in civil society.
Sreenevasan was present to receive the award at Washington given away this Monday in conjunction with International Women’s Day.
The honorees are recognised for their outstanding contribution on behalf of women and their societies, and for tackling such issues as domestic violence, forced and child marriage, human trafficking, fighting corruption and demanding government transparency, defending access to justice and the rule of law, and safeguarding equal rights and opportunities for women.