We’re excited to announce the Department of State’s Meetup for the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award Ceremony. Department of State Meetups are in-person meetings of people who engage with the Department through social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, and Instagram. The participants will have the opportunity to attend the IWOC Award Ceremony, hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry with special guest First Lady Michelle Obama, at the Department of State in Washington, DC on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Participants will also participate in a policy briefing with a Department official about international women’s issues.
Established in 2007, the annual Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Awards honors women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights and women’s equality, often at great personal risk. In addition to the formal recognition by the Secretary of State at a high level ceremony, the awardees participate in a professional International Visitors Leadership exchange program to meet with U.S. counterparts and leaders in a number of cities and experience America firsthand.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Please fill out this form by Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM ET. Invitations are non-transferable and we cannot accommodate guests of those selected.
DO I NEED TO HAVE A SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT TO APPLY?
WHAT ARE THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS?
Submitting your application indicates your intent to travel to the Department of State in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 to attend the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony. You will bear any costs associated with travel and lodging. The invitation to the Department of State will be pending invitees’ security clearances and all those invited to attend will be required to present a valid, government-issued photo identification.
WHAT IF I CANNOT COME TO WASHINGTON, DC?
If you cannot come to the Department of State in Washington, DC to attend, we will be live-streaming the ceremony at www.state.gov and YouTube. You can also follow our coverage of the event on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Tumblr, and Instagram.
WHEN WILL I KNOW IF I AM SELECTED?
The Department of State will contact applicants via email with additional instructions for those selected to attend. If you are selected, you will be notified no later than Friday, February 28, 2014.