The Moroccan-origin activist was awarded for her courage in battling extremism and promoting the values of peace and tolerance.
On Tuesday, the US government named Latifa Ibn Ziaten one of the 14 ‘International Women of Courage’.
The French-Morrocan activist is the mother of Imad ibn Ziaten, one of the French soldiers murdered in the Toulouse and Montauban terrorist attacks in 2012.
Through her association Imad Ibn Ziaten Youth and Peace, Mrs. Ziaten has campaigned tirelessly, both in France and internationally, to promote a culture of peace, tolerance and interreligious dialogue.
This is the third notable award received by Mrs Ziaten. In 2015 she was awarded the Chirac Foundation Prize and the National Order of the Legion of Honour class ‘Chevalier’ in recognition for her efforts.
The International Women of Courage Award is presented annually by the US Department of State to women around the world who ‘exemplify exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk.’