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International Women of Courage Award
The winners, presenters, and guests at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards, March 8, 2012.

Back row, from left: Melanne Verveer (guest), Leymah Gbowee (guest), Shad Begum, Aneesa Ahmed, Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih, Samar Badawi, Tawakel Karman (guest).

Front row, from left: Maryam Durani, Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo, Zin Mar Aung, Michelle Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jineth Bedoya Lima, Hana Elhebshi, Şafak Pavey.
Presented by United States Department of State
Location Washington, D. C.
Country United States
First awarded 2007; 17 years ago (2007)

The International Women of Courage Award is an American award. Every year the United States Department of State gives the award to women around the world who have shown the ability to lead other people, the ability to do something that they know is difficult or dangerous, the ability to deal well with new or difficult situations and to find solutions to problems, and who are ready to give up something to help to make people aware of women's rights.


U. S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice started the award in 2007, on March 8, International Women's Day. In many countries in the world, people do something special on this day. Each United States embassy can recommend one woman to be considered for this award.

Award recipients by year

  • Roya Sadat of Afghanistan
  • Aura Elena Farfan of Guatemala
  • Julissa Villanueva of Honduras
  • Aliyah Khalaf Saleh of Iraq
  • Maria Elena Berini of Italy
  • Aiman Umarova of Kazakhstan
  • Feride Rushiti of Kosovo
  • L’Malouma Said of Mauritania
  • Godeliève Mukasarasi of Rwanda
  • Sirikan Charoensiri of Thailand

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See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Premio Internacional a las Mujeres de Coraje para niños

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