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2014 Embassy News

Ambassador Brown Presents “Ambassador’s Active Citizenship Award” to Fana Delija

March 28, 2014
Ambassador Brown with Fana Delija and other invitees - human rights activists

Ambassador Brown with Fana Delija and other invitees - human rights activists

On March 28 Ambassador Sue K. Brown presented the Ambassador’s Active Citizenship Award to Fana Delija, Coordinator for the Center for Roma Initiatives. The award was given in recognition of Ms. Delija’s exceptional civic activism that has improved the status of Egyptian and Roma women in Montenegro.

At the ceremony at her Residence, which included a luncheon in Ms. Delija’s honor, Ambassador Brown said, “Fana’s message is clear:  Culture must not serve as an excuse to violate human rights or to cut off opportunities for women and girls.  Because of this brave message, Fana has faced opposition from within her community and even physical attacks.  Fortunately for women in Montenegro and everywhere, she refuses to give up the fight.”

The Ambassador’s Active Citizenship Award was created to recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding civic engagement.  Through this award, the U.S. Embassy in Podgorica honors those whose dedicated actions, both in their communities and within the broader Montenegrin society, distinguish them as active citizens and leaders. Last year, the first Ambassador’s Active Citizenship Award was awarded to Ms. Marijana Goranovic, a Paralympics athlete and an NGO activist.