A Conversation with the U.S. Secretary of State’s 2022 International Women of Courage Awardees

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

View the event recording below 

The U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice.

GIWPS was honored to host a special conversation with three 2022 awardees focusing on their work defending human rights and advancing peace and security in the most challenging contexts. From Brazil, Burma, and Liberia, they shared their stories, strategies for effecting positive change, and recommendations to human rights defenders around the world and the international community looking to support their work.


Ei Thinzar Maung, Deputy Minister for Women, Youths, and Children Affairs, Burma

Facia Boyenoh Harris, Co-Founder, Paramount Young Women Initiative and Liberian Feminist Forum, Liberia

Simone Sibilio do Nascimento, Prosecutor, Rio de Janeiro State’s Public Ministry, Brazil

Opening remarks by Katrina Fotovat, Senior Official to the Secretary of State, Office of Global Women’s Issues

Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, Portuguese and Burmese.

Hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State. The awardees are participants of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program, to cultivate lasting connections with their American counterparts. Follow #WomenOfCourage on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to learn more.