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Local News -- 25 May 2012 -- 15:55CEST
Gaby Calleja, the coordinator of the Malta Gay Rights' Moviment, has won the 'International Woman of Courage' award presented by the Ambassador of the US Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley.
Ms Calleja was selected as the recipient of the award "because of her exceptional and courageous work as an advocate for human rights, in particular the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons," the Embassy said.
Speaking to an audience of distinguished leaders in business, medicine, politics, the judiciary, academia, and civil society, Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley praised Ms Calleja's efforts in leading the Malta Gay Rights' Movement and spearheading its efforts to promote gay rights and to combat hate and discrimination against gay persons.
In recognizing Ms Calleja's role as a woman of courage, Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley spoke about President Barack Obama's commitment to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBT communities across the country. Recalling the words of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley asked, "What are we doing? What are we doing to further justice and dignity and freedom, human rights and women's rights? What more can we do? We have different talents. We are at different stages in life. But each of us can make a contribution."
Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley added, "With this attitude, nothing is impossible. I hope that when you think about what is possible for you, you will think of Gabi and her courage in leading us toward a brighter future."
The Minister of Justice, Public Consultation and the Family, Chris Said congratulated Ms Calleja for her achievement.