Kelly Hayes-Raitt, a Santa Monica community leader and member of the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, was honored by the City of Los Angeles Friday, October 22nd, for promoting women’s rights locally and internationally.

The Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women and Los Angeles City Councilmember Eric Garcetti honored Hayes-Raitt on United Nations Day.

The Los Angeles City Council presented Hayes-Raitt with a proclamation to commemorate this year’s United Nations Day theme: “Women’s Rights and Empowerment.”

“Kelly Hayes-Raitt embodies the courage and leadership we need to inspire women to succeed in our world,” said Paula Petrotta, executive director of the Los Angeles women’s commission.

Hayes-Raitt traveled to Iraq twice last year, first in February five weeks before the United States began its invasion and a second time in July.

In Iraq, she spoke with hundreds of women and children and brought their stories back to the United States by giving speeches to 200 groups.

She spoke about women and children in Iraq to various religious congregations, school classes, neighborhood associations, Rotary Clubs, and U.S. Congresswomen.

“We are proud to honor Kelly for her willingness to travel to Iraq and see firsthand the impact our country’s war is having on women and children,” Petrotta said.