Ximena Galarza: 2020 International Women of Courage Award Recipient

U. S. Embassy in Bolivia reports, excerpts pertaining Bolivia follow:

IWOC Awardees

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo to Honor Awardees on March 4, 2020 with
Special Remarks by First Lady of the United States Melania Trump

On Wednesday, March 4, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hosted the Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards at the U.S. Department of State to honor 12 extraordinary women from around the world. The First Lady of the United States Melania Trump will deliver remarks to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of these women.

Now in its 14th year, the Secretary of State’s IWOC Award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. Since the inception of this award in March 2007, the Department of State has recognized 146 awardees from 77 countries. U.S. diplomatic missions overseas nominate one woman of courage from their respective host countries. The finalists are selected and approved by senior Department officials. Following the IWOC ceremony, the 12 awardees will participate in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) visiting various cities throughout the country, before reconvening in Los Angeles for the conclusion of their program on March 16. The 2020 awardees are:

Ximena Galarza (Bolivia)

Ximena Galarza receiving the award

Ximena Galarza is a Bolivian journalist with over 25 years of experience. She has worked as a reporter, a television presenter, and news editor on some of Bolivia’s most important news channels including Red UNO, Cadena A, and TVU. Across her extensive career, Galarza has interviewed hundreds of politicians, academics, intellectuals, artists, and experts. She has also trained journalists to better inform the public of their rights and obligations. Galarza’s work has supported democracy in Bolivia and exposed corruption and violations of democratic freedoms. Since 2015, Galarza has hosted the program Jaque Mate (Check Mate) on TVU, one of Bolivia’s most prestigious news programs. In 2019, two of Galarza’s interviews impacted Bolivia’s history by demonstrating fraud in the October 20 presidential elections. The electoral irregularities were later confirmed by an independent analysis from the Organization of American States.

We invite you to use the hashtags #IWOC2020 and #WomenofCourage for news and updates on this year’s awards. For press inquiries, contact the Office of Press Relations (PAPressDuty@state.gov and 202-647-2492). For ceremony inquiries, please contact the Office of Global Women’s Issues (SGWI_PA@state.gov). For IVLP inquiries, please contact mailto:ECA-Press@state.gov.


Bolivian Thoughts opinion: Ximena Galarza faced personal/family threats by the hordes of the fleeing coca caudillo. The house of one of her colleagues at the University TV channel was set on fire, turmoil was violent and despite all of that despicable violence, the electoral fraud was decisively uncovered by her work, I welcome her to The Hall of Bolivian Fame!

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