International Women of Courage Award

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International Women of Courage Award
2012 IWOC Award winners with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Michelle Obama.jpg
The winners, presenters, and guests at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards, March 8, 2012.

Back row, from left: Melanne Verveer (guest), Leymah Gbowee (guest), Shad Begum, Aneesa Ahmed, Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih, Samar Badawi, Tawakel Karman (guest).

Front row, from left: Maryam Durani, Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo, Zin Mar Aung, Michelle Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jineth Bedoya Lima, Hana Elhebshi, Şafak Pavey.
LocationWashington, D. C.
CountryUnited States
Presented byUnited States Department of State
First awarded2007; 14 years ago (2007)
WebsiteSecretary's International Women of Courage Award

The International Women of Courage Award is an American award. Every year the United States Department of State gives the award to women around the world who have shown the ability to lead other people, the ability to do something that they know is difficult or dangerous, the ability to deal well with new or difficult situations and to find solutions to problems, and who are ready to give up something to help to make people aware of women's rights.

History[change | change source]

U. S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice started the award in 2007, on March 8, International Women's Day.[1] In many countries in the world, people do something special on this day. Each United States embassy can recommend one woman to be considered for this award.[2]

Award recipients by year[change | change source]



References[change | change source]

  1. Perkins, Dan (May 2007). "U.S. Secretary of State Salutes 10 International Women of Courage – The Women Were Nominated by U.S. Embassies for Their Exceptional Courage and Leadership in Advocating for Women's Rights and Advancement". Retrieved March 9, 2012.
  3. "2018 International Women of Courage Award". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  4. "2017 International Women of Courage Award". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

Other websites[change | change source]