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    Voices of Courage Awards 2017: Honoring Refugee Youth Leaders 

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    Nominations Now Open

    The Voices of Courage Awards are presented annually to resilient, resourceful individuals 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 worldwide. 

    Voices of Courage Awardees represent the many faces and circumstances of the current global refugee population. Activities will culminate at WRC’s Voices of Courage Awards Luncheon in New York City on May 4, 2017, where awardees will be honored in person.


    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 youth, aged 15-24.
    • A female or male who has 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.
    • Nominated by other individuals or organizations. Self-nominations are not eligible.


    WRC will provide a $5,000 grant to support the programs of the organizations each awardee represents or to an organization that they designate the award to go to.


    Nominations must be received by Tuesday, November 29, 2016 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.

    Submit to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Download Nomination Form Here


    Past Honorees

    2016 | Celebrating the Strength of Refugee Women

    Cho Lay Mar (Myanmar)
    Mina Jaf (Kurdistan), (Denmark)

    2015 | Prevention of Violence Against Women & Girls 

    Adey Ali Dahir Somalia (Kenya)
    Diana Nammi, Iran (Kurdistan), (London)

    2014 | WRC's 25th Anniversary

    Mary Tal South Africa
    Chernor Bah Sierra Leone (USA)
    Speakers – Leymah Gbowee, Sima Samar

    2013 | Displaced, Disabled, Determined

    Dahabo Hassan Daow, Somalia (Minneapolis)
    Atim Caroline Ogwang, S. Sudan

    2012 | Adolescent Girls

    Rim Tekie Solomon, Eritrea (Israel)
    Olga Cantarero, Nicaragua (Texas, US)

    2011 | Urban Refugees

    Zrinka Bralo, Bosnia (London, UK)
    Stella Mkiliwane, Zimbabwe (S. Africa)

    2010 | Innovations

    Amalia Guzmán Molina, El Salvador (US)
    Deo Niyizonkiza, Burundi