2016 International Women of Courage Award

Date: 03/25/2016 Description: Logo for Secretary's International Women of Courage Award - State Dept Image

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Ceremony Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. EDT
Forum Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. EDT
Location: State Department

10 years. 60 countries. Nearly 100 women.

That’s the milestone the State Department marked on March 29, 2016, when Secretary of State John Kerry presented the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award during a ceremony at the U.S Department of State.

To mark the milestone, Vice President Joe Biden delivered remarks during a forum following the ceremony. The forum also included panels and presentations featuring past and present winners of the Secretary’s International Women of Courage Award. 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, also spoke at the forum, and the artist Sonita Alizadeh performed.

Secretary Kerry (Mar. 29): "Every one of these women who are here today and those who were celebrated previously have all dedicated their lives to the pursuit of justice."  Full Text»


Established in 2007, the annual Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often at great personal risk.  This is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide.