Young man stands in the middle of large crowd holding sign about Cancer
April 18, 2017
Nigeria

A champion of cancer research and better patient care, Runcie Chidebe has demonstrated to his native Nigeria the importance of volunteerism and collective action for causes that benefit society.

March 28, 2017
Tajikistan

Oynihol Bobonazarova is a pioneer of the human rights movement in Tajikistan and one of the country’s most well-known female human rights activists. Since receiving the International Women of Courage Award in 2014, she continues to fight against torture in prisons and for universal human rights.

Women dressed in African print attire stands between American flag and unknown other flag
March 27, 2017
Mali

Ms. Touré has championed the rights of women and girls in Mali for over two decades.

Woman sits next man at TV show news desk
March 24, 2017
Latvia

Ten years ago, Ilze Jaunalksne received the International Women of Courage award by the U.S. Department of State. We caught up with Ms. Jaunalksne to reflect on her work since receiving the IWOC.

March 16, 2017
Nicaragua

Juana Lisseth returned to Nicaragua after her SUSI exchange program equipped with the tools to help her home community improve educational and entrepreneurial programs for young people.

Woman in green t-shirt with microphone
March 14, 2017
Maldives

While serving as Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, 2012 IWOC recipient Aneesa Ahmed raised the issue of domestic violence at a time when the subject was taboo. After leaving the government, she founded the NGO “Hope for Women” and began conducting sessions on gender-based violence with students, Maldives Police Services, and other frontline workers.

Alumnus of the Month

Valeriy R.

Ukraine

Valeriy Ryabukha is a dedicated leader and developer of future leaders. In the nearly 20 years since his first international exchange, Valeriy has drawn on his U.S. experience and his ever-growing U.S. network to promote youth leadership and prevent drug abuse, crime, and HIV/AIDS in Ukraine.

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Sparking impact through entrepreneurship, tech jobs, storytelling, and community building

The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) is pleased to announce the Fall 2018 Alumni Impact Award winners. These exchange alumni are from different parts of the world, and each has managed to make a lasting impact on their communities after participating in the Professional Development Program. Read on for more about their outstanding achievements!

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