15th Anniversary: A conversation with the International Women of Courage

Headshots of International Women of Courage panelists Canan Gullu, Muskan Khatun, Zahra Mohamed Ahmad and moderator Alyssa Ayres

Join the Elliott School of International Affairs in recognizing the U.S. Secretary of State's 2021 International Women of Courage (IWOC) awardees for a panel discussion.

This award honors women who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in acting to  improve the lives of others. It 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 improve their communities.

This panel will be moderated by Elliott School Dean, Alyssa Ayres, and will be comprised of three 2021 IWOC awardees in conversation with the State Department.  We invite the public to hear about these courageous women's experiences and interact with them through a Q&A.


Secretary of State's 2021 International Women of Courage (IWOC) awardees:

  • Canan Gullu has been an activist and organizer for 31 years and is the president of the Turkish Federation of Women’s Associations.
  • Muskan Khatun has been instrumental in bringing about new legislation criminalizing acid attacks and imposing strong penalties against perpetrators in Nepal.
  • Zahra Mohamed Ahmad has been at the forefront of defending human rights in Somalia for more than 20 years, especially for its most vulnerable groups.


This event is public and open to the media.