Hillary and Michelle on Yoani

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
From today's 2011 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Department.

First Lady Michelle Obama:

It wasn't long before Yoani Sanchez's blog had caught fire on the Internet and was being downloaded onto computer flash drives and passed from person to person. When it was censored by the state, she continued her blog through what she calls a "citizen network" -- a network of people outside of Cuba who helped publish her posts. Her writing is now translated into 15 languages. Fifteen.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

Yoani Sanchez of Cuba. She is the young blogger that Mrs. Obama referenced. She has used technology to promote positive change. She has created an interactive space for the exchange of ideas and free expression. She has given voice to the concerns and aspirations of her fellow citizens. And, as governments are learning around the world, you cannot stop the internet. And so her words, despite her government's best efforts, are being translated into other languages, are being picked up and spread around because freedom knows no boundaries. And she deserves our thanks for demonstrating that again and again.