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    Voices of Courage Awards 2018

    Getting it Right for Women and Girls

    Honoring Refugee Leaders

    Dear Friend,

    On May 3, 2018, the Women’s Refugee Commission will honor two outstanding refugees at the Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon, to be held in New York City. This year, we are excited to focus our celebrations on those individuals who are carving pathways to long-term resilience for displaced women and girls.

    Conflict and persecution have forced more than 66 million people to flee their homes, the majority of whom are women and children. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that refugee women and girls are afforded all the protections and services they need not only to survive but also to thrive.

    We will honor two refugees who are breaking barriers to opportunity for displaced women and girls, and we would love for you to be a part of that.

    As a friend of the Women’s Refugee Commission, you are invited to nominate someone you know who deserves to be recognized on the international stage with this award. The Voices of Courage Awards will be presented to resilient, resourceful refugees who have a personal and powerful story to tell about the challenges and triumphs experienced by the tens of millions of people who have been displaced by conflict and violence.

    As in past years, we will honor two people for their groundbreaking work to help their fellow refugees. We invite nominees who have channeled their talent and energy to become leaders working with and inspiring others to become part of a global solution to the refugee crisis.


    We invite nominees who have channeled their talent and energy to become leaders, working with and inspiring others to become part of a global solution to the refugee crisis.

    This outstanding individual must:

      • Be a current or former refugee
      • Have demonstrated leadership and a strong voice while working on behalf of other refugees (For example: working towards improving the lives of other refugee youth or working to protect the rights of refugee girls)
      • Be nominated by other individuals or organizations (Self-nominations are not eligible)

    Travel Time and Expenses

    The selected honorees must be able to travel to New York and stay for a few days prior to the Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon to accept the award. The Women’s Refugee Commission will cover all travel and lodging expenses for each of the two awardees selected. Honorees are welcome to attend with a guest, however, WRC is not able to cover their travel or expenses.


    Nominations must be received by Friday, December 29, 2017 at 5pm EST (GMT-5) and must be complete to be eligible. An independent committee comprised of U.S.-based business leaders, philanthropists, and humanitarian aid experts will select the two final awardees from this pool.

    To submit a nomination, please:

      • Complete the nomination form via email
        • Download the nomination form
        • Once completed, email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Click here to learn more about last year’s event and honorees.

    I encourage you to nominate an extraordinary individual you know today and connect the inspiring leaders in your orbit with the international audience we will convene next May in New York.

    These stories need to be told.

    Nominate a refugee leader.

    Thank you in advance for your help.


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    Sarah Costa

    Executive Director