First lady Jill Biden says 21 women the State Department is honoring for their courage made an “intentional decision” to persist and demand justice despite their fear.
The women being recognized Monday with the State Department's International Women of Courage Award include seven from Afghanistan receiving posthumous honors.
Biden says in remarks prepared for a virtual awards ceremony that the honorees made extraordinary choices in the course of ordinary lives.
Biden says courage isn't really found but is “an intentional decision made." The 14 living awardees are from Belarus, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Iran, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela.
Monday is International Women’s Day.