Haley honored with 'Woman of Valor' award at Independent Women's Forum gala

The Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative nonprofit, hosted its annual awards gala on Wednesday night, honoring outgoing U.S Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyJuan Williams: Why does Trump fear GOP voters? Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months MORE and TV star Mike Rowe, the host of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs."

The gala brought together a number of prominent D.C. celebrities and officials, with Fox News host Harris Faulkner as master of ceremonies.

Haley received the group's Woman of Valor award for her work to promote human rights.

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In her speech, Haley praised the Independent Women's Forum, saying it encouraged diverse views among women. She spoke about her work at the United Nations and about the challenges women in other countries face.

“The feminist left is very focused on sexism. Of course there is sexism, and we must never tolerate it," Haley said. "But there is also something else that tremendously disadvantages women, that gets less attention, and that’s the actions of government and the effects of lawlessness.”

Haley, who is leaving her post at the end of the year, said that when she first got to the U.N. she was seen as an outsider and the U.S. was taken for granted.

“It has its own set of rules, its own way of doing things, its own culture," she said of the world body. "There’s a constant pressure to comply with this culture,” she continued, speaking about her efforts to push back for the U.S.

Rowe received the Gentleman of Distinction award for his work to help disadvantaged people find skilled jobs.

“The challenge is finding people who are willing to show up early, stay late and learn a skill that was actually in demand,” Rowe said. 

The event brought together women from both political parties, including Republican Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance MORE (Maine) and former Ohio Senate Minority Leader Capri Cafaro, a Democrat. 

Faulkner, the master of ceremonies, praised the group's work to empower women.

“I started to look into more of what IWF does, and it truly is about women’s empowerment,” Faulkner said.