#StateMeetUp: The International Women of Courage Award Ceremony 2015
The U.S. State Department runs a yearly program that recognizes outstanding women making significant and positive impact on their communities against high odds. The U.S. Embassies nominate these women from countries across the world, and once selected, they are taken for a one-week tour of the United States.
Their first destination will be Washington, D.C. slated for slated for March 5th. In 2014, the convoy was met by the U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and for this year, they will be met by U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry. He will honor 10 women who are the living, breathing and walking embodiment of courage.
If you are a woman and fit to be described as such and would like to participate in this program, click here to apply.
Applications will be due this Thursday, February 26 at 5PM ET.
For the year 2014, the following are some of the women recognized for their courageous and selfless acts geared towards advancing the rights of women and girls around the world:
*A Georgian female bishop championing gender equality in a male dominated religious field.
*An India woman who survived a violent acid attack.
*A Ukranian civil society activist who sparked a series of popular demonstrations leading to a nationwide movement against corruption and abuse of human rights.
*An Afghan doctor providing emergency obstetric care and highlight the essential role played by midwives.
These are just a few of the women honored last year. If you would like to take part in this year’s program and be in the ceremony in person, then click here. You can also follow this program’s developments on social media under the hashtags #IWOC or #WomenOfCourage.