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 Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, and Instagram.