The International Women of Courage Award was created by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2007. It is awarded annually to women who have shown leadership and courage around the world, particularly in regards to the rights of women.
Maryam Durani, Afghani politician campaigning for economic equality
Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo, Brazilian police major working to shut down drug gangs
Zin Mar Aung, Burmese activist who spent 11 years in jail for challenging the government
Jineth Bedoya Lima, Colombian journalist working to expose gender based violence
Hana Elhebshi, Libyan architect and activist who documented the violence of her country’s revolution
Aneesa Ahmed, Maldivian domestic violence activist
Shad Begum, Pakistani human rights activist working on education and microfinance
Samar Badawi, Saudi women’s rights activist
Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih, Sudanese advocate for refugees
Safak Pavey, Turkish politician working to promote the rights of women, minorities, and the disabled
Hillary Clinton’s remarks from this year’s ceremony can be read here.
Happy International Women’s Day!