[www.inewsguyana.com] – The United States Embassy in Georgetown on Wednesday evening (March 18) presented Patrick Harding, the husband of the late Dr. Faith Harding with its International Woman of Courage Award.
Charge d’ Affaires, Bryan Hunt speaking at the Embassy’s annual commemoration of International Women’s day, praised the late Dr. Harding for her invaluable contribution to the growth of Guyanese women.
Established in 2007, this award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress.
Dr Harding died on January 23 at the St. Joseph Mercy hospital following a brief period of illness.
“Faith Harding embodies the ideals of the International woman of courage. Faith has done what all women of courage have done- they have gone that long way, and they have inspired so many others to join them,” Hunt told the gathering.
According to Hunt, recipients of this award have been leaders for change within their own countries, “often pushing established boundaries and demanding that marginalized communities be given an equal seat at the table and in the corridors of power.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Harding’s husband expressed gratitude to the Embassy for their recognition of his wife’s work. He recalled the many sleepless nights his wife had because she was out counseling and helping those in need.
Dr. Harding will be remembered for her phenomenal work as a women’s activist. She was a former member of the People’s National Congress Reform and also ran for the Party’s leadership post. She later resigned from the Party.
As it relates to women issues, Hunt stressed the importance of gender equality.
“On international women’s day we celebrate the courage and contributions of women and girls around the world. The fundamental truth is that no society can reach its full potential if it leaves 50 percent of its people behind. As a global community, it is critical that we reaffirm our commitment to achieving gender equality particularly as we work together to shape United Nations Sustainable Development goals for the next 15 years,” Hunt said.
He explained that there needs to be investment in the next generation of women by making sure girls can go to school in a safe environment and on an equal footing with men.
“Girls should be able to graduate with skills that empower them to be part of their community, diploma in hand.” [Tracey Khan – Drakes]