March 8, 2021

Who Are Your Women of Courage?

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and the Office of Global Women’s Issues hosted the 15th annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Ceremony on March 8, 2020, featuring remarks from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. Each year, the U.S. Department of State honors women from around the world who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to improve the lives of others. The IWOC award brings international attention and shines a light on women who have put their personal safety, and often their lives, at risk to improve their communities and inspire fellow citizens.

This year, 21 women received the IWOC award, including three women who are exchange alumni! You can learn more about this amazing group of women on ECA’s IWOC site.

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, and the U.S. Department of State’s annual International Women of Courage Award, we want to know: Who is your woman of courage? She could be a piano teacher, a mentor, family member or friend who took a stand and inspires you to reach higher.

From now through March 31st, join the celebration by sharing a photo or video of the woman who inspires you on social media and let us know why you admire her (tag her if you can). Be sure to include the hashtags #WomenofCourage and #ExchangeAlumni, and tag @ECAatState and @StateDept. Submissions will also be shared on the WomenofCourage.State.Gov website.

Video Guidance:

As exchange alumni, you have achieved a lot – and this campaign is an opportunity to celebrate you and all the remarkable women in our lives. We hope you can be a part of it!

  • In 30 seconds or less, please state who your woman of courage is and why
  • Record in horizontal/landscape mode, and in a clean and quiet space so that there aren’t distracting images or sounds in the background
  • Use #WomenOfCourage and #ExchangeAlumni in the text of the post
  • Example post: In honor of @StateDept’s #IWOC2021 awards ceremony, I’d like to tell you about my woman of courage ________.

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