Director of Kosovo Center for Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (KRCT), Feride Rushiti, was honored by the US Department of State with the International Award for Courageous Women.
This prestigious award was awarded to her for her contribution to providing access to health for civilian war survivors. She was one of the first doctors to recognize the need to treat psychological trauma for refugees fleeing violence, especially women and minority groups. Her engagement has led to several legal victories over the years.
This makes Feride Rushit the third woman from Kosovo who was honored with such a prize. In 2008, Valdete Idrizi won the same, while Arbana Xharra won in 2015.
Along with Rushiti were also honored Roya Sadat from Afghanistan, Aura Elena Farfan from Guatemala, Julissa Villanueva from Honduras, Aliyah Khalaf Saleh from Iraq, Maria Elena Berini from Italy. Aiman Umarova from Kazakhstan, L’Malouma Said from Mauritania, Godelive Mukasarasi from Rwanda and Syrian Charoensiri from Thailand
The International Award for Courageous Women is shared by the US Department of State for women who have witnessed extraordinary leadership and courage in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and empowerment of women.