Since the inception of this award in March 2007, the Department of State has recognized 134 women from 73 countries.
Now in its 14th year, the Secretary of State’s 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.
The awardees are invited to Washington D.C. to receive their awards from the First Lady and the Secretary of State in a gala ceremony held on or in proximity to International Women’s Day (March 8th). The recipients then travel across the United States to participate in specially designed International Visitor Leadership Program
s (IVLP) experiences. Their IVLP visits culminate s with a dinner hosted by American Women for International Understanding (AWIU), who also provides the awardees with special grants to continue their work at home. The bios of the 2020 awardees are located here.