2019 International Women of Courage Awardees

2019 International Women of Courage Award

In its 13th year, the 2019 IWOC Awards recognized women around the globe who had demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice.

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On March 7, 2019, Secretary Pompeo hosted the Annual IWOC Awards at the State Department to honor 10 extraordinary women from around the world. First Lady Melania Trump delivered special remarks at the ceremony.

Since the inception of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award in March 2007, the State Department has recognized more than 120 women from more than 65 different countries. U.S. diplomatic missions overseas nominate one woman of courage from their respective host countries. The finalists are selected and approved by senior Department officials. The bios of the 2019 awardees are located here and their names are listed below:

  • Razia Sultana of Bangladesh
  • Naw K’nyaw Paw of Burma
  • Moumina Houssein Darar of Djibouti
  • Mama Maggie of Egypt
  • Colonel Khalida Khalaf Hanna al-Twal of Jordan
  • Sister Orla Treacy of Ireland
  • Olivera Lakic of Montenegro
  • Flor de Maria Vega Zapata of Peru
  • Marini de Livera of Sri Lanka
  • Anna Aloys Henga of Tanzania
Secretary Pompeo: "We’re here today to honor women of courage from all around the world who are standing tall in the fact of extraordinary adversity...stories like these motivate and inspire us. Our colleagues in the Office of Global Women’s Issues work to integrate women’s empowerment into our foreign policy."

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