Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar’s endeavors on political and environmental fronts have been recognized in Rome.
On November 29, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported that Italy’s Minerva Foundation has honored Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar for her outstanding organizational role, and commitment and integrity in her duties. What appears below is a partial translation of the report:
At a ceremony in the City Hall of Rome the 2014 Minerva Award was handed out to Director of Iran’s Environment Protection Organization Masoumeh Ebtekar in recognition of her scientific achievements and the role she has played as an accomplished woman on the political front.
The Minerva Awards, named after Minerva Anna Maria Mammoliti, an Italian journalist and social activist, come in different categories such as art, information, innovation and political management and are given to women. The Minerva non-governmental foundation is run under the patronage of the Italian president.
After receiving the non-cash award – a plaque, [the Minerva Award is symbolized with a brooch in silver, gold and precious stones, depicting the goddess Minerva] – Iranian Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar said, “I have received this award on behalf of all Iranian women whose endeavors and sacrifices have ushered in monumental achievements for my country.”
Touching upon the progress that Iranian women have made in science, art, sport, as well as in executive and parliamentary undertakings, she stated, “Winning this award is immensely important, because Iran has a government which has been working at home and abroad in line with a policy of moderation.”
Describing the prize as an indication of a deep bond between the Iranians and Italians, she said, “In spite of differences and diversity in our cultures, getting the Minerva Award shows there is affinity and even unity between the two nations when it comes to principles such as the quest for justice, perfection along with selflessness and the love for the environment.”
She expressed hope that Iran and Italy could join hands to promote peace and security and protect the environment.
At the ceremony, along with Ebtekar, a Tunisian woman who has founded a big charity in her country to educate people to take on violence against women was also awarded.