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Governor General to present the International Prize for Women of Courage to Ingrid Betancourt

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September 23, 2009

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Jean-Daniel Lafond will attend the Women of Courage Gala, presented by Reporters Without Borders Canada and the Institut du Nouveau Monde. The gala will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2009, at 6:30 p.m., in Montréal, Quebec.

Women of Courage Gala – Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m., at the Hotel Sofitel, in Montréal
As honorary president of Reporters Without Borders Canada, Her Excellency will pay tribute to Ingrid Betancourt and present her with the Reporters Without Borders – Radio-Canada International Prize for Women of Courage. This prize, which is presented for the first time, honours women who fight, day after day, to ensure the most basic human rights and freedoms are respected. Ms. Betancourt, a French-Colombian politician, was taken by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and freed on July 2, 2008, after six years of detention.

Meeting between the Governor General and Ms. Betancourt – Friday, September 25, at 9:00 a.m., at Rideau Hall, in Ottawa
The Governor General will meet with Ms. Betancourt at Rideau Hall, this Friday, September 25, 2009, at 9:00 a.m.

For more information about Reporters Without Borders Canada and the Institut du Nouveau Monde, please visit and


Members of the media wishing to cover the photo op of Her Excellency and Ms. Betancourt at Rideau Hall, on Friday, September 25, should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m.

Media Information:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell.)

For Reporters Without Borders:
Alain Labonté
Alain Labonté Communications
514-815-2128 (cell.)