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Melania Reemerges For Women's Ceremony, Has Empowering Message For The World

On Tuesday night, the first lady stepped out for a rare appearance with her husband. She spoke at the International Women of Courage awards and called for an end to brutality against women and children. She calls for the U.S. to send a clear message around the world that 'we're watching'.

Melania Trump took the podium and said before passing out awards, "I am deeply humbled to be here today to honor these 12 remarkable and inspirational women, who have given so much for so many, regardless of the unimaginable threat to their own personal safety... Together, we must declare that the era of allowing the brutality against women and children is over while affirming that the time for empowering women around the world is now."

"For wherever women are diminished, the entire world is diminished with them," Mrs. Trump said.

She then added, "However, wherever women are empowered, towns and villages, schools and economies are empowered, and together we are all made stronger with them."

Some of the honorees have faced countless horrors in their lives, including gender discrimination, abuse, terrorism and government oppression. Many come from domestic abuse situations or have been victims of violence and sexual assault in war-torn countries. The first lady called for those present to try and imagine walking in these ladies' shoes.

The first lady has been slammed for the speech because some of the honorees are refugees from countries targeted by President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban. The first lady didn't seem deterred, however, in praising the women for their courage and suggesting others take it as inspiration. "As you go forward, remember their journeys, push ahead and strive to bring about a better community, a better country and a better world in an ongoing fight for right over might," she concluded.

This is the 11th year of the annual award ceremony, which has recognized more than 100 women who 'put their personal safety and sometimes lives at risk in order to help improve their communities,' according to the White House.

Source: Mail Online
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