AWIU Honors the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage in Washington D.C.
The U.S. Department of State established the International Women of Courage Award (IWOC) in 2001 to honor women who are making a substantial difference in the lives of women in countries around the globe. In 2008, AWIU partnered with the State Department to support this outstanding program. It is AWIU's privilege to host a celebration event, which acknowledges these women of courage, their personal stories and their work. Each of the awardees receives a monetary grant from AWIU to support continued efforts in their home countries. In 2013 AWIU will host the 6th International Women of Courage Celebration. The observance of International Women’s Day on March 8th provides the backdrop for this prestigious dinner event held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The International Women of Courage come from all walks of life, and share the same deep felt commitment to promote the rights and freedoms of women and children. The awardees are committed to helping women improve their lives in the workplace, gaining freedom of education and improving the status of women around the globe. The International Women of Courage are role models for women worldwide. AWIU awards each IWOC Honoree a financial stipend to continue her courageous work.
The program includes a tribute to the International awardees as well as presentation of The Bernice Behrens Founder’s Award and AWIU’s Internationalism Award.
See our previous celebrations here
For information about AWIU’s signature event, please contact IWOC Chair Pauletta Walsh at