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Malaysian Indian lawyer wins US award

Contributed by Anonymous on Thursday, March 12 @ 10:16:41 CDT

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Times of India, 12 Mar 2009
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian bar council president Ambiga Sreenevasan, an ethnic Indian, is one of the eight women who received the prestigious "women
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) gives away International Women of Courage Award to Ambiga Sreenevasan from Malaysia at the State department in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo)

of courage" award from secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US.


 


From Left - First lady Michelle Obama, Mutabar Tadjibayeva from Uzbekistan, Veronika Marchenko from Russia, Wazhma Frogh from Afghanistan, Norma Cruz from Guatemala, secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, Suaad Abbas Salman Allami from Iraq, Ambiga Sreenevasan from Malaysia and Hadizatou Mani from Niger pose for a photograph at the International Women of Courage Award ceremony. (AP Photo)

Sreenevasan, who has been at the forefront of the civil liberties movement in Malaysia, was present at the ceremony in Washington Monday, The Star newspaper said.

The Malaysian women's bodies have hailed Sreenevasan's award as a recognition in the international arena for taking a firm stand on national issues such as judicial independence, gender equality and good governance.  

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) strike a pose with Ambiga Sreenevasan (C) of Malaysia at the state department in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo)


Chew Mei Fun, Malaysian Chinese association women's wing chief, said Sreenevasan was "a living proof of this".

"Ambiga's efforts should not only be viewed from a gender perspective as a woman, but as a Malaysian individual who champions justice and equality," Chew said.

Ethnic Indians, an estimated two million-plus, form about eight percent of Malaysia's multi-racial population of 28 million.
 


US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) gives away International Women of Courage Award to Ambiga Sreenevasan from Malaysia at the State department in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo)

 
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