Washington (CNN) - Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Tuesday night her spirit is "strong as ever," and she's working hard to recover from her 2011 gunshot wound through different kinds of therapy.
"Speech therapy. Physical therapy. And yoga, too," she told Democratic activists at an event hosted by EMILY's List.
"My spirit's strong as ever. I'm still fighting to make the world a better place, and you can too. Get involved with your community," she said. "Be a leader. Set an example. Strong women get things done. Be passionate. Be courageous. Be your best."
Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona stood alongside Giffords as she read her speech. The former congresswoman was critically wounded in a Tucson mass shooting that killed six and injured 13.
Since the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school massacre in December 2012, Giffords, a gun owner, has been active in the fight for more gun control.
The EMILY's List dinner Tuesday was held to present the group's "Rising Star" award named after Giffords, who received the first recognition in 2012. This year, the honor went to Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, the first woman to lead either party in the state's General Assembly.
California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein of California also spoke at the event, in addition to U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
EMILY's List has been working to elect Democratic, pro-choice women to office since 1985.