Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County, a group dedicated to the advancement of the status of women in Boulder County and around the world, recently honored member Ellen Marshall with the first Zonta Foothills Humanitarian and Advocacy Award in recognition of Marshall's impact in advancing women’s and girls' healthcare, education, economic opportunity and ability to live free of violence internationally and in Boulder County. Marshall was instrumental in forging frameworks by 180 governments reinforcing the tenet that women's rights are human rights and developing action steps for governments and civil society to take to promote health, education and economic security for women. She has spent the last ten years advocating for women's heath in Colorado and in Washington – including helping to shape the U.S. response to the global HIV/AIDS crisis so that it better addresses the way the pandemic is affecting women and youth. She has been an advocate for sound policies in Colorado to make needed investments in education and to protect women’s health rights. Marshall was nominated for the 2008 United Nations International Human Rights Award. The Zonta Foothills award included a contribution in Marshall’s name to the Bev Hackbart Scholarship, which provides tuition support to a single parent attending the University of Colorado – a project of the Zonta Foothills Club, of which Marshall is a member.

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