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 honorees, 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
Location Washington, D.C.
Country United States
Presented by United States Department of State
First awarded Annually starting in 2007; 8 years ago (2007)
Last awarded 2014

The International Women of Courage Award is an American award presented annually by the United States Department of State to women around the world who have shown leadership, courage, resourcefulness, and willingness to sacrifice for others, especially in promoting women's rights.


The award was established in 2007 by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice[1] on International Women's Day, an annual celebration observed each March 8 in many countries worldwide. Each U.S. embassy has the right to recommend one woman as a candidate.[2]

Award recipients by year[edit]



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