Melania Trump presented 13 incredible women with the International Women of Courage Award – and gave quite the moving and inspirational speech before doing so.
Among the courageous women receiving the honour was Natalia Ponce de Leon from Colombia, a victim of an acid attack who is now a human rights advocate and vows to help women in similar situations. Another honoree was Malebogo Molefhe of Botswana, who was shot eight times because of her gender and now supports other women facing gender based violence.
“Each one of these heroic women has an extraordinary story of courage, which must inspire each of us to also achieve more than we have ever imagined possible,” the First Lady said in her speech.
“Their lives remind us of the boundless capacity of the human spirit when guided by moral clarity and desire to do good.
“As they continue to persevere against unimaginable odds, these women are extraordinary examples of reaching within to find the courage that lies inside us all to change the world.”
The ending of Melania Trump’s speech was particularly powerful, as she addressed many issues which American citizens are no doubt concerned about now that her husband Donald Trump is in power…
“We must continue to fight injustice in all its forms, in whatever scale or shape it takes in our lives,” she continued. “Together, we must declare that the era of allowing the brutality against women and children is over, while affirming that the time for empowering around the world is now.
“For wherever women are diminished, the entire world is diminished with them. However, wherever women are empowered, towns and villages, schools and economies, are empowered, and together we are all made stronger with them. We must begin now to challenge old fears, fight long-held prejudices and stand up against evil and injustice wherever it may be.
“As leaders of our shared global community, we must continue to work towards gender empowerment and respect people from all backgrounds and ethnicities, remembering always that we are all ultimately members of one race: the human race. Each one of us is uniquely gifted. We must continually revere our American values as we join with the international community to make our world safer through acts of collaborative and individual bravery.”
You can watch Melania Trump deliver the whole speech in the video below: