First Lady Melania Trump spoke at an event honoring ‘International Women of Courage’. She made it clear that women need to stick up for one another and not tear each other down. She said that not standing up for all women is not an option. The event paid homage to twelve incredible women who have fought to bring equal rights for women all over the world. These twelve women have been through much pain and suffering, yet still, stand up for ALL woman and that is an honorable thing.
The DailyMail compiled the First Lady Speach:
‘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,’ the First Lady said.
‘For wherever women are diminished, the entire world is diminished with them. However, wherever women are empowered, towns and villages, schools and economies are empowered, and together we are all made stronger with them,’ she continued.
Melania Trump talked about some of the horrors the honorees have faced: domestic abuse, gender bias, violence, terrorism, war, corruption and government oppression.
‘Let us try to envision ourselves in their place, struggling with gender bias and discriminatory loss, which serves to protect the perpetrators of unthinkable crimes, while punishing their victims should they even dare to speak out,’ the FLOTUS said.
‘Ask yourself if you would have the fortitude of spirit, the courage of your convictions and the enormous inner strength required to stand up and fight against such an overwhelming odds,’ she continued.
‘Amazingly, each of our honorees has courageously answered “yes” to those questions for it is their strength and the strength of others like them which will ignite a global battle against inhumanity,’ the first lady added.
Mrs. Trump said the United States needed to send a clear message to the world that ‘we are watching’ and explained the importance of shining a light on victories achieved by women around the globe.
‘I believe that bravery is the ability to live one’s life refusing to be discouraged, and instead, choosing a life of purpose,’ the first lady said, noting how the 12 recipients of the award fit this mold.
She also had a message for the young people in the audience.
‘I ask you to allow the triumphs exemplified by these heroic women to inspire you in your own lives and to remind yourself that you, too, are capable of greatness,’ she said. ‘I urge you to not be afraid to fail.
As failure will never have the power to define you as long as you learn from it.’
‘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 advised.