Voices of Courage Awards
Each year, the Women’s Refugee Commission honors individual refugee women and young people who are working on behalf of other refugees.
WRC will honor cutting-edge innovations in conflict-affected settings led by refugee or internally displaced women or youth, which measurably improve the lives of displaced women, children and young people.
An innovation can be a product, a service or an approach developed by a person who is leading change in a new way.
Developing a reproductive health response that helps reduce the incidence of maternal mortality
Pioneering an alternative to detention to improve asylum practice in the U.S.
Finding a way for refugees to have a place in a thriving market economy and safely earn a living
Developing an ethanol-fueled cook stove so that women and girls do not have to leave camps to collect firewood, risking rape
Training refugee youth to run vocational training programs for displaced young people with disabilities
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Two refugee or asylum-seeking women or young people (up to age 30) will be selected to receive the Voices of Courage Award.
The Voices of Courage honoree’s organization will receive a $5,000 grant from the Women’s Refugee Commission to further his or her critical work to benefit refugee and displaced people in his or her community.
The candidate may live in the United States or overseas.
Candidates should be current or former refugees, internally displaced women or young people or asylum-seekers who have developed successful innovations that serve people displaced by conflict or seeking asylum in the United States.
Candidates should be passionate advocates for improving the lives and protecting the rights of refugee and internally displaced women, children and young people.
Candidates must be able to travel to New York for a week in May (the luncheon is Thursday, May 6) to accept their award (all travel and housing expenses will be paid).
Candidates must be willing to participate in media interviews.
The ability to speak English is preferred.
Deadline: 15th October
For more information and application, visit: Voices of Courage Awards Website