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Embassy Honors Swazi Woman of Courage

Embassy Honors Swazi Woman of Courage

March 6, 2012

On March 6,  teachers from around the country came together to join the U.S. Embassy in honoring their teachers' union president and Embassy Swaziland's Woman of Courage nominee. In a speech entitled, “Teachers as Change-Makers”, Ambassador Irving spoke to teachers about the critical role they play in preparing and empowering the future leaders of Swaziland. As a culmination of the program, Ambassador Irving presented Sibongile Mazibuko with a certificate honoring her as Swaziland's nominee for the U.S Secretary of State’s Women of Courage Award. 

Of Ms. Mazibuko, Ambassador Irving noted, “Through her work as the President of SNAT, Sibongile has demonstrated that she is a true leader- committed to creating positive change not only for teachers, but for the all of the citizens of this country.  She has been an advocate for and a model of empowerment of women.  She has showed courage in speaking out in situations that might have caused others to remain silent.  She has worked tirelessly in promoting a government that is accountable to its people.  For all of these reasons, we consider Sibongile Mazibuko a true woman of courage.”