Malta Gay Rights Movement coordinator Gabi Calleja has been presented with the Internatioanl Woman of Courage award by the US government.

Presenting the award, US Ambassador Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley praised Ms Calleja for her "exceptional and courageous work as an advocate for human rights", in particular the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons.

In recognising Ms Calleja's role as a Woman of Courage, Ambassador Abercrombie-Winstanley spoke about President Barack Obama's commitment to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBT communities across the country.

The government congratulated Ms Calleja for her award.

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