Sri Lankan Recognized as an “International Woman of Courage” by the U.S. Department of State

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton presented the “Women of Courage” award to Sri Lanka’s Jansila Majeed at a ceremony held at the US State Department in Washington on Wednesday

Sri Lankan Recognized as an “International Woman of Courage” by the U.S. Department of State

This prestigious award goes to women who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights and women’s equality. Majeed is the managing trustee of Community Trust Fund in Puttalam, Sri Lanka.

The trust oversees a number of programs on minority and women’s issues, including women’s rights, peace building, relief work, working with young people and mine-risk education in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

Having lived as an internally displaced person (IDP) herself for almost 20 years, due to the ethnic cleansing of the LTTE in the north, she focused particularly on grass-roots programs on life skills, health and women empowerment.

We are proud of Majeed. She has done so much for the Muslim IDPs in particular and the Tamils in general. The Muslim IDPs of the north were a forgotten lot until recently when the LTTE acknowledged their existence. Undoubtedly Jansila Majeed’s service to this neglected people is unparalleled. She is an uncrowned queen for the 250,000 Muslim IDPs evicted from the north by the Tigers. Majeed, carry on your good work.

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