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Ambassador Citaku attends the ceremony of the International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award

March 29, 2017, Washington, DC - First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon presented the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world on March 29 at the State Department.

The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women 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. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the State Department has honored over 100 women from more than 60 different countries.

Former awardees include renowned Kosovo journalist Arbana Xharra and Valdete Idrizi, an active board member of many organizations, networks and foundations in the pursuit of peace in Kosovo.