My name is Roshika Deo and I'm from
Fiji Islands which is in the South Pacific
region. I am here for the International Women of Courage Awards
Women of Courage Awards exchange program. During the
2 weeks that we are here for we get to network and meet a lot of people
within the US government and within the
private sector and NGOs,
so there will be an exchange of
information. We've also been able
to get exposed
to a side of american culture that we don't
usually see. Especially for me since this is
my first time to U.S.
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Fiji is a small Pacific Island country and
we have been in a military dictatorship
for the last 8 years.
So we have come up with this campaign called "Be the change."
You know which is like a political
young people to you know, to relate to
politics, to redefine politics.
One of the things that I have found really
inspiring myself when I have been
going to all these places and speaking,
I've had some the American girls come up
to me or in open forum say that you know you
inspire me and when I see you do this, I know I can
do it do too. And I really find it very inspiring for myself
and very humbling.
Part of the award
ceremony during the day was meeting Michelle Obama
and having the award, you know,
presented by her. "For her advocacy for
political reform in the name
democracy and human rights and a
country free violence against women
we name Roshika Deo Woman of Courage."
My name is Roshika Deo and I'm
from Fiji Islands in the Pacific region
and I'm a Woman of Courage.