First lady Melania Trump’s public appearances have been few and far between since her husband’s inauguration, presumably because she is living in New York with her son, Barron. However, she showed up at the State Department on Wednesday morning to deliver a speech at the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards.
According to CNN, the purpose of the ceremony is to honor twelve women from around the world who have overcome varying forms of injustice and have worked to build up their communities.
During her speech, Mrs. Trump encouraged her audience to “continue to work towards gender empowerment and respect for people from all backgrounds and ethnicities.”
The first lady also told the event’s attendees that they must “continue to fight injustice in all of its forms.”
‘As you go forward, remember their journeys as you push ahead and strive to bring about a better community, a better country, and a better world in the ongoing fight for right over might.
‘We must continue once again to shine the light on the horrendous atrocities taking place in neighborhoods around the corner and around the globe, where innocent families are crying out to live in safety. We must continue to fight injustice in all of its forms, in whatever scale or shape it takes in our lives.’
She went on to call for an end to “brutality against women and children” and explained that, when women are diminished, so are their communities.
‘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.
‘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.’
As is to be expected, not everyone has responded well to the first lady’s address.
While, so far, no one is arguing against Melania Trump’s message, some people — including those whose tweets are shown below — have found it hard to accept, knowing that her husband has been accused of violence against women himself. Much like when Melania spoke out against cyberbullying, the message comes across as disingenuous when her husband’s behavior openly contradicts it.
#Melania Trump needs 2 pick causes/issues that 45 does NOT openly reject/works against! Just seems as fake as their marriage! Not here 4 it!
— BestIsYetToCome (@HMR812) March 29, 2017
@FLOTUS if Melania Trump wants,to see women empowered why doesn't she start at home.
— Beth Shaw Adelman (@adelbeth1) March 29, 2017
Watch Melania Trump’s speech in the video below, via YouTube.