IWOC Celebration

“Economies cannot prosper and countries cannot be free unless women are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. That was as true in 2006 when we created this award as it is today.  Together [the International Women of Courage] represent the leading edge of the women’s empowerment movement and are an inspiration to us all.”

Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Founder of the IWOC Award, in a message to the 2016 IWOCs

Thank you to all of the event Sponsors, Patrons, Attendees and AWIU Members who supported the 2017 International Women of Courage Celebration.

AWIU is pleased to announce that with your generosity, our Grants Program was able to provide funds to all the International Women of Courage Honorees and 33 additional organization around the globe supporting women and families. 

Please revisit this page for updated information on the 2018 International Women of Courage Celebration.

2017 Highlights Final

Click here for the 2017 International Women of Courage  honored at the Celebration

In collaboration with the US Department of State Office of Global Women’s Issues, AWIU welcomes women of undeniable courage who travel to the United States to accept the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Efforts to highlight both the issues and the work of these leaders is paramount to empowering women as they work to advance the rights of women and girls, and in so doing, the rights of entire families. Each of the International Women of Courage is given a grant from AWIU to assist and further support her mission. AWIU is an apolitical, nonpartisan organization whose core values underscore the importance of citizen diplomacy and cross cultural communication on the world’s stage.




For information about becoming a Patron of the International Women of Courage Celebration and to purchase individual tickets, click here

For Information about becoming a Sponsor of the International Women of Courage Awards, please click here. 



2017 Global Leadership Sponsor

AWIU salutes Deloitte for its 7th consecutive year
as lead sponsor for
The International Women of Courage Celebration



Many Thanks to our generous Sponsors and Patrons  for 2017

Freedom and Equality
The Walt Disney Company
Wells Fargo
Madvi Raya

Empowerment Through Education
Nancy Annick * Martha A. Atherton
Susan Chandler Carol Lewis * Onma Lwin * Cynthy Moffatt
Maggie Sabbag * Jane Mursener Wetzel

Women for Others
UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management
U.S. News & World Report
Lian Dolan * Roxi Goin * Sherry Lee Mueller * Sonia Singla * Sarah Rice Shelton

Opening Doors
Dr. Julie Armstrong * Marilyn Beth Dresser * Diane Mitchell Henry
Susan Lee-Yeh * Kathleen LeRoy *  Carol Robertson Lopez  * Annette Madden
Diane M. McGlinchey * Barbara Rubio * Mary Schammel
Maria Emmi Schory *  Inez Parker Sharp * Carol Anne Warren

Awareness and Appreciation
Suzanne M. Barnes  *  The Giulioni Family * Ann Horton
Judith Johnson * Lisa Hinchliffe Link * Joan Graham Poulos * Carrie Walker

With great appreciation, thank you to
The Mitchell Family

as of March 12, 2017






To see the complete list of 2016 International Women of Courage honorees, please click here. 

For highlights of the 2015 International Women of Courage Celebration, please click here.