On Thursday, March 5, 2015, Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom will honor 10 courageous women with the Secretary of State's Annual Women of Courage Award. First Lady Michelle Obama will join the ceremony as a special guest and will deliver remarks.
This award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. This year’s recipients reflect women’s roles as agents of change and leaders in many of the crises and challenges facing the world today, from countering violent extremism to promoting security and recovery from the Ebola Virus Disease. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the Department of State has honored 86 women from more than 50 different countries.
This year's honorees reflect women’s roles as agents of change and leaders in many of the crises and challenges facing the world today, from countering violent extremism to promoting security and recovery from the Ebola Virus Disease. The awardees are:
- Captain Niloofar Rahmani, Afghan Air Force (Afghanistan)
- Ms. Nadia Sharmeen, journalist, women’s rights activist (Bangladesh)
- Ms. Rosa Julieta Montaño Salvatierra, Founder and Director, Oficina Jurídica para la Mujer (Bolivia)
- Ms. May Sabe Phyu, Director, Gender Equality Network (Burma)
- Ms. Béatrice Epaye, President, Fondation Voix du Coeur (Central African Republic)
- Ms. Marie Claire Tchecola, nurse, Ebola survivor and activist (Guinea)
- Ms. Sayaka Osakabe, Founder and Representative, Matahara Net (Japan)
- Ms. Arbana Xharra, Editor-in-Chief, Zeri (Kosovo)
- Ms. Tabassum Adnan, Founder, Khwendo Jirga (Pakistan)
- Ms. Majd Chourbaji, External Relations Director, Women Now for Development Centers (Syria)
Want to get involved? Here's how:
You can watch the ceremony live at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on www.state.gov, and join the conversation on social media using the hashtags #IWOC and #womenofcourage. For the latest information on the ceremony, stay connected with the State Department on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
Then, go to the Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues website to learn more about how the United States works to promote stability, peace, and development by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world and visit WhiteHouse.gov/LetGirlsLearn to learn how you can help transform the lives of girls worldwide.