The award, given to Sister Bonetti on Friday, is signed by the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, Francis Rooney.
A letter from Paula Dobriansky, U.S. undersecretary for democracy and global affairs, to Sister Bonetti said: “We honor you for your exceptional courage and leadership. Your achievements have helped to create transformative change within your country and have set a positive example for emerging women leaders worldwide.”
The award acknowledges women who advocate for women’s rights and advancement. It was inaugurated by the U.S. State Department in conjunction with International Women’s Day 2007.