Secretary’s International Women of Courage Award and Exchange Program

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IWOC awardee Malebogo

International Women of Courage: Malebogo Molefhe

2017 International Women of Courage awardee Malebogo Molefhe speaks about gender equality and advocate against gender based violence. Here she tells her story.

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International Women of Courage Jestina Mukoko

In March 2010 Jestina Mukoko was one of ten human rights defenders honored in the U.S. State Department's International Women of Courage Awards, she returned as an alumni in 2016.

International Woman of Courage May Sabe Phyu

May Sabe Phyu's bravery in the face of criminal charges, harassment, and fines for her leadership in advocating for the full and equal rights of women in ethnic and religious minorities in Burma earned her recognition as an International Woman of Courage.

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International Women of Courage 2015

Department of State honors women around the globe who have exemplified exceptional courage through the International Women of Courage Award

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