International Women of Courage Awards

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Cathy Russell pose for a photo with the 2016 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award winners at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 29, 2016. [State Department photo/

Each year, we come together on behalf of the Obama Administration and the State Department to recognize women who have made really special, singular contributions to peace, to prosperity, to stability all around the globe. And every one of these women who are here today and those who were celebrated previously have all dedicated their lives to the pursuit of justice.

Read more about the 2016 International Women of Courage Awards at state.gov!