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March 8, 2011


We already knew Maria Bashir, Afghanistan’s first female chief provincial prosecutor, was a total badass. She has taken on the cause of abused women and stood up against the Taliban, all while being threatened, bombed, and otherwise intimidated.

Today, we were thrilled to see that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama honored Bashir with an International Women of Courage award, “For defending those who have no legal voice, fighting corruption, and bringing hope to women survivors of violence, disfigurement, and child marriage, we salute you.”

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