Friday, March 8, 2024

The Courage to Defend Human Rights - International Women of Courage 2024 (part 1)


Spotlighting the stories of four recipients of the 2024 International Women of Courage. All across the world, these women are knocking down the barriers that prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential. The U.S. stands with every woman of courage working to build greater stability, greater equality, and greater opportunity. 

Established in 2007, this annual award honors women from around the world who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in order to bring about positive change to their communities, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. To date, under the IWOC program, the U.S. Department of State has recognized more than 190 women in 90 countries. All awardees have advocated for the protection of human rights, advanced gender equity and equality, empowered women and girls, in all their diversity, and fostered peace and government transparency around the world. Read more

Benafsha Yaqoobi of Afghanistan is an #IWOC for her courageous work to defend the rights of women who have faced violence. She continues to advocate for Afghan girls and those with disabilities for the right to attend school.

Fátima Corozo of Ecuador is being honored as an #IWOC for putting her life on the line to design and implement youth development programs. These programs provide safe alternatives for young people in Esmeraldas, one of the world’s most violent cities. 

Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello has spent decades as a Cuban political dissident and is a proponent of human rights and religious freedom. She continues her advocacy, despite serving 7 years in prison and experiencing daily harassment from the Cuban government. 

Fariba Balouch, a London-based Iranian human rights activist from Iran, is being honored as an #IWOC for highlighting the Iranian regime’s gender, ethnicity and sect-based discrimination. She continues her activism, despite threats from Iranian authorities. 

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