In honor of Women’s History Month in March, and the U.S. Department of State’s annual International Women of Courage Award, we want to know: Who is your woman of courage? She could be a piano teacher, a mentor, family member or friend who took a stand and inspires you to reach higher. From March 8th through April 1st, share a photo of your woman of courage and let us know why you admire her (tag her if you can), including the hashtag #WomenofCourage. Submissions will be shared here on our website: WomenofCourage.State.Gov.
On Friday, March 23 at 2:00 PM EDT, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and First Lady Melania Trump will honor women from around the world with the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award in a public ceremony. This award honors women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve the lives of others, from families to communities to countries. It is an extraordinary opportunity to bring international attention and support to women who have put their lives and sometimes personal safety at risk in order to improve their societies and inspire fellow citizens.
Following the ceremony and other select events in Washington, D.C, the IWOC honorees will embark on their International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange to connect with American communities and civic organizations. The U.S. Department of State has honored over 120 courageous women from more than 65 countries through IWOC, now in its twelfth year and conferred by four Secretaries of States since its inception.