US gov’t honors Jordanian Hadeel Abdel Aziz with Woman of Courage award


The US State Department awarded Jordanian human rights activist Hadeel Abdel Aziz the International Woman of Courage (IWOC) Award for her role in the field of human rights during a ceremony at the White House on Wednesday recognizing 11 distinguished women from around the world.

"Human rights activist Hadeel Abdel Aziz is a frontline advocate for Jordan's most vulnerable people, including juveniles, refugees, immigrants, and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence,” the US Department of State said in a statement.

The department commended Abdel Aziz for her role as founder of the Justice Center for Legal Aid (JCLA), which includes a nationwide network of clinics providing services to thousands of vulnerable individuals every year.

She has also played a decisive role in advocating against arbitrary detention, including detention of women “for their own protection” from so-called honor crimes, the statement said.

‘Leadership, courage, vision’“Abdel Aziz has been a consistent advocate for access to justice for all Jordanians, and a constructive partner with government institutions,” the statement read. “Over more than a decade of leadership, she has demonstrated courage in presenting a clear-eyed vision for how a fairer justice system can strengthen Jordan.”

In its 17th year, the US Secretary of State’s IWOC Award “recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equity and equality, and the empowerment of women and girls, in all their diversity,” the statement noted.