Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been a champion of international democracy and human rights during her entire career in the U.S. Congress. Shortly after being elected in 1987, she joined the Central American Working Group which led congressional efforts to end contra aid and bring a historic peace agreement to the region. A lifelong defender of the Tibetan people, and of journalists, human rights lawyers and democracy activists imprisoned on the Chinese mainland, Pelosi unfurled a banner in Tiananmen Square in 1991 which said, “To those who died for democracy.” When the AIDS epidemic was ravishing the globe in the 1990s, Pelosi fought for additional funding to stop this deadly disease at home and abroad. She has defended and supported LGBTI men and women around the globe in their efforts to stop brutal persecution and physical violence. In 2002, Pelosi spoke out against the Iraq War and sought to bring it to an end as the Democratic congressional leader. She has been a champion for the political rights of women in Afghanistan, and has demanded they be part of any political solution. In 2007, Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
For her groundbreaking leadership as a woman political leader, and for her staunch defense of democracy and human rights around the globe, NDI is proud to honor Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the Democracy Award at the 2020 Annual Gala.
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