IWOC Alumna Charts Own Path of Courage

Ilze Jaunalksne

Alumni Story
Anchor, Neka Personiga
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.
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Courageous Alumna Speaks Out for Maldivian Women

Aneesa Ahmed

Alumni Story
Founder, Hope for Women
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.
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Alumna Continues Fight Against Human Trafficking in Decade since IWOC

Susana Trimarco de Veron

Alumni Story
Founder, Fundación María de los Ángeles
Despite false leads and death threats, 2007 International Woman of Courage Awardee Susana Trimarco de Veron uncovered evidence of trafficking networks operating in her home country of Argentina and still tirelessly works to raise awareness, change laws, and aid victims.
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International Woman of Courage Alumna Spotlight

Mary Akrami

Alumni Story
Director/Afghan Women Skills Development Center
Mary Akrami is the Director of the Afghan Women Skills Development Center, a shelter for women escaping domestic violence and forced marriages in several provinces. We caught up with Ms. Akrami to reflect on her work since receiving the IWOC award ten years ago.
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YES Alumna Wins the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award

Razan Al Aqil

Alumni Story
Diversity Recruitment Coordinator and Political Science student at Appalachian State University
North Carolina
Razan Al Aqil, an 18-year-old Saudi student and alumna of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, recently represented Saudi Arabia as a delegate to the 2016 United Nations Youth Assembly.
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My Exchanges Journey

Parveen Elias

Alumni Story
Professional Exchanges Program Manager, U.S. Embassy Dhaka
Fulbright alumna Parveen Elias shares her journey from Bangladeshi academia to her exchange in the U.S. to her working with the Embassy back in her home country.
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Alumna of the Month

Jelena Grigorjeva


Jelena Grigorjeva has taken spelling bees to a new level in Lithuania, using the event to promote inclusion and mutual understanding between different cultures, and to increase student learning motivation and collaboration.

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