United States Department of State
Annually starting in 2007; 10 years ago (2007)
The International Women of Courage Award is an American award presented annually by the United States Department of State to women around the world who have shown leadership, courage, resourcefulness, and willingness to sacrifice for others, especially in promoting women's rights.
The award was established in 2007 by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on International Women's Day, an annual celebration observed each March 8 in many countries worldwide. Each U.S. embassy has the right to recommend one woman as a candidate.