By Circles Robinson
HAVANA TIMES, March 5 — Award winning Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez has been chosen to receive yet another prize this week, this time from the US State Department.
The “International Women of Courage” award will go to nine women worldwide and goes to Sanchez “for her work on behalf of freedom of expression in Cuba.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama will head up the awards ceremony set for Tuesday March 8, International Women’s Day, informs an official press note.
Sanchez was invited to attend the ceremony but, as on other occasions when she has won international prizes, the Cuban government keeps her grounded, refusing to grant the required exit visa.
State Department spokesperson Virginia Staab noted that Sanchez has conquered global attention with her blog Generation Y from where she provides information about daily life on the Caribbean island.
The United States maintains a half-century economic blockade on Cuba in an effort to promote regime change. A travel ban also prohibits ordinary US citizens from visiting the neighboring country.