International Women of Courage Awards

Posted by Ruth Bennett
March 10, 2010
IWOC 2010 Replay

Update: Watch video of the awards ceremony here.

About the Author: Ruth Bennett serves as the Public Affairs Advisor for the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues (S/GWI).

First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton host the annual International Women of Courage Awards on March 10, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. EST at the Department of State. You may watch the ceremony broadcast here on DipNote or

To mark International Women's Day, the annual International Women of Courage Award recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights and women's advancement. This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide, and offers a unique opportunity to recognize those who work in the field of human rights and international women's issues.

Secretary Clinton announced the 10 winners of this year's International Women of Courage (IWOC) award. The awardees are: Shukria Asil (Afghanistan), Col. Shafiqa Quraishi (Afghanistan), Androula Henriques (Cyprus), Sonia Pierre (Dominican Republic), Shadi Sadr (Iran), Ann Njogu (Kenya), Dr. Lee Ae-ran (Republic of Korea), Jansila Majeed (Sri Lanka), Sister Marie Claude Naddaf (Syria), and Jestina Mukoko (Zimbabwe).

Read more about the honorees here.



Tanveer B.
Oregon, USA
March 10, 2010

Tanveer B. in Oregon writes:

Pakistan's President Zardari signed the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill, 2010, aimed at providing a safe working environment - This commenced at a ceremony attended by some 100 women activists, parliamentarians and members of civil society organisations in the presidency, Islamabad. The President reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring equal rights for men and women in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan.

New York, USA
March 10, 2010

Jess in New York writes:

It has been very nice of the Clintons to help Mrs. Obama find a niche. Mr. Clinton giving her a spot on the board of Alliance for Health and now this, even though I find it hard to take her seriously as a woman's advocate after she responded that she would have to think about whether she would support Hillary Clinton were she to have won the nomination for president. Very nice of the Clinton's indeed. Thank you Hillary, for everything you do.

March 10, 2010

Neide in Brazil writes:

Iam brasilian congratulations for your work secretarit. the world needed a woman like Mrs.. intelligent and with great determination.

Ueremia A.
United States
March 10, 2010

Ueremia A. in USA writes:

I am very exciting to see the awardees

California, USA
March 10, 2010

Veyry in California writes:


I just watched the Awards presented to these outstanding woman.Who better than you to recognize other amazing women in the world.I hope one day you will receive the Peace Nobel Prize,and if not anyway your life and your example will be always imprinted in our hearts.Thank you for all what you do; you not only serve the US but the whole world!You're the greatest Leader this Country has produced!God bless you Hillary!

California, USA
March 10, 2010

Raul in California writes:

Hillary: you're the most extraordinary woman in the world; I hope one day you'll be our President;there's no other woman as great and beautiful as you are!

California, USA
March 10, 2010

Brian in California writes:

A Woman of courage and brilliance = Madame Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

March 15, 2010

Tommy Z. in Burma writes:

Dear First Lady and Secretary of State U.S.A.

We would like to agree with your activities for US women. Now our national leader Aung San Suu Kyi has banned with as a prisoner of Political of Burma. As well as she is one of prisoner or notorious victim of Juntas. She have been suffering form one of remain political compressed women from Asia .Especially in please should be support our woman leader by your activities and American diplomacy power. American diplomacy should be sharpen on Burma Juntas that hungry of democratization people of Burma. Now Juntas issue on those remain woman Aung San Suu Kyi with not equal law by force of them.

thank you

May 3, 2010

Imam in Indonesia writes:

Mother Michelle Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton is a wise woman and can give great rewards for women. I am really proud of this award that can motivate women around the world. thank you to Mrs. Michelle Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.


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