Since the inception of this award in March 2007, the State Department has recognized more than 120 women from more than 65 different countries.
Now in its 13th year, the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award (IWOC) Award recognizes women around the globe who have 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.
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.