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Today the First Lady Melania Trump made a rare appearance at a ceremony at the State Department that honored female activists. In a speech she urged the community to stand up against violence toward women and children and championing female empowerment and diversity.

“I am deeply humbled to be here today to honor these 12 remarkable and inspirational women, who have given so much for so many, regardless of the unimaginable threat to their own safety,” she said. “Together, we must declare that the era of allowing the brutality against women and children is over while affirming that the time for empowering women around the world is now.”

She continued: “For wherever women are diminished, the entire world is diminished with them. However, wherever women are empowered, towns and villages, schools and economies are empowered, and together we are all made strong with them.”

“We need to continue working toward gender empowerment and respect for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities, always remembering that together we are one race — the human race — and each one of us has unique gifts and talents to share with the world,” she said.

Watch the full speech below:

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