PARIS, France – U.S. First Lady Jill Biden spoke at the State Department Monday to honor the 2022 International Women Of Courage Awards.
In remarks on the significance of women around the world, the first lady briefly touched on what is happening in Ukraine. ‘Like all of us, my heart has ached watching videos of Ukraine’, she said.
‘Sick kids fleeing on makeshift medical trains. The unthinkable bombing of a maternity ward. Parents weeping over their children’s broken bodies in the streets. The senselessness is staggering’, she continued.
Biden went on to discuss the importance of women telling their stories of courage and determination in the face of violence and oppression, as many of the 12 recipients of the IWOC awards have done in their countries.
‘There can be no true democracy, no true prosperity, without women’s voices’, said Biden. ‘Women warriors everywhere need to hear what’s possible’.
A White House official told CNN Friday that Biden has yet to initiate one – on – one contact with Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska due to deep security concerns but would not confirm whether any communication had already occurred from Zelenska to Biden.
The first lady is expected to speak with Polish first lady Agata Kornhauser – Duda in the coming fays after the Polish first lady reached out, an aide to the President tells CNN. The call is expected to happen as the first is also weighing a trip to Eastern Europe.