Secretary Kerry To Honor International Women of Courage / Vice President Joe Biden To Deliver Remarks at Forum Marking Award Milestone

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 25, 2016


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will present the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award during a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at the U.S. Department of State.

To mark the milestone of honoring nearly 100 women from 60 countries over 10 years, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks during a forum at the State Department following the ceremony. The forum will include panels and presentations featuring past and present award winners, as well as remarks from Admiral Michelle Howard, who is the first woman to be promoted to four-star Admiral and the first African-American woman to attain a four-star rank in the Department of Defense, and a performance by the artist Sonita Alizadeh.

Given annually, the Secretary’s International Women of Courage 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.

The 2016 winners of the award will be announced on Monday, March 28.

Use #WomenOfCourage for news and updates about this year’s award.

The ceremony will be livestreamed on state.gov and video.state.gov/live.

For the ceremony, pre-set time for cameras is 9:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance. Final access time for writers and stills is 10:00 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

For the forum, pre-set time for cameras is 11:30 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance. Due to security restrictions, cameras must be set up no later than 11:30 a.m. Final access time for writers and stills is 3:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance.

Media representatives may attend these events upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For more information, please contact Rachel Wallace at WallaceRL@state.gov.