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Results are Tagged with "International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)"

International Women of Courage Honored for Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls

Each year, the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award honors women who have played transformative roles in their societies, often at great personal risk. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide for championing human rights, women’s equality, and social progress.

Chance Encounters Lead to New Possibilities for Yolanda

“I need to do something!” Rueda said to the U.S. Ambassador to Spain after meeting him at a volunteer award conference. “ The ambassador, taken by Yolanda’s passion to help others, recommended her for a VolVis International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Just a few months later, Yolanda came to the United States on a volunteerism and social innovation-focused IVLP with another Spanish colleague.

Hosting Exchanges for 30 Years, and Still Learning

"My hope is to remain involved with the IVLP program until I can no longer do so, as it has – and continues to be – an extraordinary gift in my life.”

Women's Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas)

Photo of WeAmericas participants

The Women's Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) initiative and exchange increases women's economic participation and addresses the key barriers women confront when starting and growing small and medium enterprises. WEAmericas also includes a yearly follow-on component funded by the private sector and held in locations throughout Latin or South America.

Turkmenistan Participant Connects with Disabilities Organizations

In his home country of Turkmenistan, Ibragim Nurjanov has been a tireless advocate for the well-being of people with disabilities, both as a sports trainer and as a participant in the Democracy Commission. As such, he was a natural candidate for an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) on the topic of “Promoting Disability Rights.”

Increasing Religious Tolerance in Tajikistan

A 2011 International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participant, Hotam Fayzulloev was inspired by the relationships he saw in the U.S. between people of different faiths.

Joannie of Benin Becomes a Leader

When the U.S. Embassy in Cotonou nominated Joannie Bewa to attend the International Visitor Leadership Program’s (IVLP) “Young African Leaders” with 19 of her colleagues from across Africa, she jumped at the chance to gain a better perspective of U.S. culture and policy.

Cashews and the Lessons of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program

Minata Kone, a Burkinabé alumna of the 2012 African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), is living proof for the women and girls of Burkina Faso and all of Sub-Saharan Africa, that they can be successful international business women.

Standing Up for New Zealand’s Marginalized Communities

As a participant in the 2011 Community Activism and Minority Rights International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Reverend Uesifili Unasa of New Zealand was invited to stand on the exact spot at the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous 1963 ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.

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