International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award 2018

International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award 2018

(Photo: Sr. Maria Elena Berini with the US Ambassador to the Holy See)

For the third year we are pleased to receive this invitation from the US Embassy to the Holy See to nominate a Religious Sisters for the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award 2018, given by the US Government Secretary of State.

In 2016 Sister Carolin Tahhan from Syria won the award and in 2017 Sr. Maria Elena Berini from Italy. UISG is hoping to nominate some names for the 2018 award.

This award is an extraordinary opportunity to bring international attention and support to women who have put their lives and/or personal safety at risk in order to lift up their communities.

In March of 2019 the honorees will be invited to Washington, D.C., for an official awards ceremony and a program of activities as part of the Department’s observance of International Women’s Day.

The 13th annual Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award Ceremony will honor women who are making a positive impact in their societies and serving as forces of inspiration to their fellow citizens.  Since the award’s inception in 2007 we have recognized 122 remarkable women from 67 countries around the world who have risked their lives and well-being to stop human trafficking, gender-based violence, early and forced marriage, and corruption, among other affronts to human rights, but who have also empowered their communities and beyond through economic cooperatives, negotiating a peace treaty, and the inclusion of refugees, religious minorities, women with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups.

We encourage you to nominate Sisters in your congregation who are on the front lines of local, national, and global challenges, working to break down barriers to promote positive change.

Please send any nominations by October 31st to providing the following information:

  • Complete name
  • Congregations
  • Country of mission
  • Short description of the mission
  • Reasons for the nomination


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