#StateMeetUp: Join Us at the International Women of Courage Award Ceremony 2015

Posted by Vinay Chawla
February 23, 2015
First Lady Michelle Obama Honors the 2014 International Women of Courage

Every year, the State Department recognizes women who are at the forefront of bringing positive change to their communities -- often against great odds.  These women are nominated by our Embassies around the world, and after being selected, they come together for a two week tour of the United States. Their first stop: Washington, D.C. And that’s where you come in.

On March 5, in a very special ceremony, Secretary of State John Kerry will honor 10 amazing women who embody courage. If you’re interested in joining us, apply to be a part of this year’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) #StateMeetUp.  Applications are due Thursday, February 26 at 5:00PM ET.

Last year, we recognized a Georgian female bishop fighting for gender equality in a predominately male religious field, an Indian survivor of a violent acid attack, a Ukranian civil society activist whose actions helped channel a series of popular demonstrations into a national movement against corruption and human rights abuses, and an Afghan doctor whose efforts to provide emergency obstetric care brought attention to the essential role of midwives. Do these stories of courageous efforts to advance the rights of women and girls around the world inspire you?  If so, what are you waiting for?  Apply to be there in person, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #IWOC and #womenofcourage.  For the latest on IWOC 2015, follow the State Department on TwitterFacebookGoogle+Tumblr, and Instagram.  

About the Author: Vinay Chawla serve as the Director of the Office of Digital Engagement in the Bureau of Public Affairs.

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Lucia S.
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District Of Columbia, USA
February 24, 2015
Acknowledge and spread Women's Power: this is just an event that acknoledge the amazing work the women in different context do around the world. As a young professional woman would love to assist to be inspire by other women to do more and become more.
Beth M.
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California, USA
February 24, 2015
The woman most deserving of this award is the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner -- and you people are trying to overthrow her.
Nadia F.
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District Of Columbia, USA
February 24, 2015
My name is Nadia Farra, and I am the Yemen Desk at USAID. The women I meet from the field always inspire to me to continue to pursue my civil service career in ways that help expand equality for women in the developing world, here at home, and in the Federal Government. I am the daughter of Syrian immigrants, and my parents instilled in me a strong sense of equality from a very young age. This even would help me to learn even more how a career in public service can help foster equality around in the world and here at home.
Maria M.
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Brazil
February 24, 2015
I ve been working against corruption and Violence Against women for ten years, i was one of the main witness against Mensalão. I found safety in USA, aal the time I had my life threatned. i love Obama and Michele. I trust them http://youtu.be/_HVl__s3jw8 ▶ 3:43 www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyeXbXYWsD8 Apr 17, 2012 - Uploaded by Maria Christina Mendes Caldeira Maria Christina Mendes Caldeira ... Missouri State Senator Jane Cunningham speak
NAGEEN H.
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Pakistan
February 24, 2015
DEAR SIR/MADEM I AM FROM PAISTAN I WANT TO BE PART OF (IWOC ).PLZ CONSIDER ME REGARDS NAGEEN
Onma L.
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California, USA
February 25, 2015
It would be an honor to be present at the ceremony recognizing 10 amazing women. Events of this nature are critical to building awareness and promoting the courageous actions for the betterment of women around the world.
Nathalie N.
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Ukraine
February 25, 2015
I will be to explain everybody how my experiences in the war of Ukraine. I am from Democratic Republic of Congo. Thank you
Onma L.
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California, USA
February 25, 2015
It would be an honor to attend this special ceremony recognizing 10 courageous women. I am originally from Burma and I appreciate all those women who continue to work towards improving women's rights throughout the globe. I would hope to share the stories of these awardees to not only increase awareness but also to show our appreciation for what they have done. Apologies if this is a duplicate submission.
Patrick W.
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Maryland, USA
February 25, 2015
I think , First Lady Michelle Obama should be one of the women honored . She has helped a lot of people over the years, and worked for woman's equality around the world. That took a lot of courage on her part.
Betty H.
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South Carolina, USA
February 26, 2015
I believe in how courage arises from within us out of deep compassion for others, often without knowledge or forewarning. These women gives us inspiration. They model the nobility of humanity . I would be privileged to be present to honor them.

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