International Women of Courage 2022


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U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
International Visitor Leadership Program

On behalf of the American people, the U.S. Department of State promotes democratic values and advances a free, peaceful, and prosperous world. The Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and assistance. It advances the interests of the American people, including their safety and economic prosperity.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) designs and implements educational, professional, and cultural exchange programs that strive to advance U.S. foreign policy goals. ECA receives strategic direction on foreign policy from the Secretary of State, the White House, and Congress. In consultation with other relevant global trends, selects thematic priorities, and promotes personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad.

The Office of International Visitors manages and supports the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) through a congressional appropriation. Launched in 1940, the IVLP provides carefully designed professional visits to the United States for more than 5,000 current and emerging foreign leaders each year. U.S. embassies around the world select participants to travel to the United States to engage with their professional counterparts on topics that advance key foreign policy goals. Participants gain an understanding of the cultural, political, religious, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity of the United States while sharing information about their own countries. The participants represent a variety of critical fields including government, politics, media, education, nongovernmental organizations, the arts, public health, international security, and business and trade. Over 500 current and former heads of government and state and many other distinguished world leaders in the public and private sectors have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program.

U.S. Department of State
The Secretary of State
Office of Global Women’s Issues

The Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) has a mandate to promote the rights and empowerment of women and girls through U.S. foreign policy. Headed by an Ambassador-at-Large, the office leads the Department’s efforts to empower women and girls in U.S. diplomacy, partnerships, and programs.

Meridian International Center

Meridian International Center, a private, non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. The Professional Exchanges Division operates under a grant from the Department of State to arrange professional programs and travel in the United States for visitors who participate in the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program.

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American Women for International Understanding

The American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) supports and advocates for the work that women leaders and female-oriented non-profit organizations are doing around the world to build a more just, economically-sound and humane society.


Since 2008, American Women for International Understanding has had the unique privilege to work with the State Department in hosting the International Women of Courage Celebration, an evening event that recognizes the awardees and celebrates their exemplary efforts. In addition, AWIU provides each of the awardees with a monetary grant to support continued efforts in her home country. The observance of International Women’s Day provides the backdrop for this prestigious event.

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Members of Global Ties U.S.

In most U.S. cities outside of Washington, DC and New York City, Meridian International Center works closely with members of Global Ties U.S., a network of nearly 90 nonprofit organizations dedicated to building international understanding by connecting their communities with the world. Private citizens involved in these organizations volunteer to open their homes, schools, businesses, local government and nongovernmental agencies to leaders from abroad. Community-based members of Global Ties act as “local sponsors” of the International Visitor Leadership Program by arranging professional and social activities for participants who visit their communities.

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Boston, Massachusetts

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Kansas City, Missouri

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Global Ties KC
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Orlando, Florida

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Portland, Oregon

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Des Moines, Iowa

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Iowa International Center
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Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Global Minnesota
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Phoenix, Arizona

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Tulsa, Oklahoma

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Tulsa Global Alliance