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The U.S. State Department has nominated Ana for its 2008 International Women of Courage Award. The accolade was created by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in order to recognise exceptional women around the globe.

"This is a big surprise," said Ana. "It's a great honour and I'd like to thank them for paying me such a great compliment like this."

In addition to reaching No.2 in the world rankings and finishing runner-up at two Grand Slams, in the past year Ana became a UNICEF ambassador for Serbia. Since her inauguration in September 2007 she has not only donated a considerable sum that has enabled 15 schools to join the "Schools Without Violence" programme, she has raised awareness about child safety through her off-court activities, which included writing a newspaper column that benefited UNICEF during the Australian Open.
Secretary of State Confers the International Women of Courage Awards

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky today marked International Women’s Day 2008 by presenting the second annual International Women of Courage Award to eight women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and advancement. This is the only Department of State award paying tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide and offering a unique opportunity for transformational diplomacy in the field of international women’s issues.

The honorees from Afghanistan, Fiji, Iraq, Kosovo, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Paraguay, and Somalia have transformed their societies and serve as an inspiration to the international community. They are among over 95 exceptional women of courage nominated by U.S. Embassies worldwide for their diverse contributions to freedom, justice, peace, and equality.

This year, the Department honored the following women of courage from six regions:

Suraya Pakzad (Afghanistan)

Suraya Pakzad founded “Voice of Women,” one of the few organizations dedicated to helping women in the western region of Afghanistan. The non-governmental organization operated under Taliban rule, and continues to provide shelter and counseling to women and girls who have escaped forced marriages.

Virisila Buadromo (Fiji)

Virisila Buadromo, Executive Director of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM), advocates for gender equality, legal and political reform, and democracy, despite challenges and threats from Fiji’s military coup-led government.

Dr. Eaman Al-Gobory (Iraq)

Dr. Eaman Al-Gobory searches hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centers for sick and wounded children in need of specialized care that could only be received outside of the country and also works to build capacity to meet their needs in Iraq.

Valdete Idrizi (Kosovo)

Valdete Idrizi, an ethnic Albanian internally displaced person (IDP), crosses frequently into majority Serb areas in northern Kosovo to run women’s and youth projects aimed at reconciliation and peace-building among the various ethnic communities.


Nibal Thawabteh (Palestinian Authority)

Nibal Thawabteh was the first woman to be elected to the Beit Fajjar Village Council, a very conservative village near Bethlehem. She founded a monthly newspaper, Al Hal (“The Situation”) that covers controversial issues including honor killings, polygamy, and the plight of the poor. She also is a published author and is working on a novel dealing with previously unexplored issues concerning women in the Arab world.

Dr. Begum Jan (Pakistan)

Dr. Begum Jan, Chairperson of the Tribal Women Welfare Association (TWWA), works to empower the voice and role of women in traditional communities of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in northwest Pakistan.

Cynthia Bendlin (Paraguay)

Cynthia Bendlin has exhibited outstanding courage and leadership in combating the trafficking of women in the Tri-Border area of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. Ms. Bendlin continues her efforts despite forced relocation and repeated death threats by criminal mafia who control the human trafficking trade.

Farhiyo Farah Ibrahim (Somalia)

Farhiyo Farah Ibrahim, a young Somali woman living in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, has worked tirelessly on behalf of women, girls, and refugees and campaigned tirelessly against practices like female genital mutilation (FGM) and violence against women.

Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
Beautiful and talented, tennis sensation Anna Ivanovic strives to improve the lot of children in Serbia. Using her own money, she helps fund programs that aid schools in teaching children the importance of tolerance
 

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So now being friends with Faker = courageous person. Never in doubt. :)
Sourpuss.

If she is doing what it says she is doing, that is wonderful. Haven't heard of Nole doing anything similar. Maybe after Serbia builds him a tennis centre, he will get around to it.
 

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Its not an honor for a Serb.Its an insult.
The same State Depatrment bombed Yugoslavia 1999. and Ana was in Belgrade during that time.
Because of that, these days its very hard to find news about S.D.nominations in Serbian media.
Its very clear,its a political award.
Just look at the list of countries of nominees:Iraq,
Afganistan,Serbian province Kosovo,Somalia,Pakistan,Palestina..
In all those areas United states had military involvment.
And as always,they do the same dirty job-first they bomb the countrie,often by using depleted uranium,kill people and destroy their homes and after that they are giving awards to men and women who are helping their wounded,sick and homless countrymen.
Its filthiest hypocrisy,nothing else.

On the other hand,its easy to understand why Ana had to accept nomination,to be polite and to said its an honor for her,because she has experienced management team behind her who knows very vell the rules of international public relations.

But having in mind how sensitive this thing is,I hope they will handle it very carefully.

Ana is one of the purest persons in Serbia and in the world.
The last thing she needs is to get dirty with such shameful award
 

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If Ana is teaching tolerance to children, from what I have read in threads here, it is what Serbia needs most.

Any chance you could elaborate on the depleted uranium quote?
 
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