Ambassador’s Woman of Courage Award Nominations Open

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Ambassador’s Woman of Courage Award.

The Woman of Courage Award honors women who are making history in their countries and communities through their work to better their societies, to fight discrimination or strife, and to help resolve conflicts. Women who have taken risks to run for public office or who are striving to break down barriers in order to promote positive change are great candidates for the award – so nominate someone now.

Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray and 2016 Woman of Courage Winnie William.

“The women of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu are strong, courageous and committed to making their countries better places for everyone – to eliminating the scourge of domestic violence, promoting education for all of their children, including their daughters, and to working hard to improve the economic opportunities for themselves and their sisters,” said U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray. “I’m so pleased to have this opportunity to recognize and honor them.”

Eligible candidates are women working in the political, human rights, economic, social, judicial, health, educational, press/media, peace and national reconciliation, and scientific and technological arenas. The U.S. Embassy will consider women who have taken unusual risks, surmounted difficult obstacles, or challenged harmful cultural practices or discrimination in their efforts to promote progress for women and girls, and for their society as a whole. Nominations are due by March 9.

Since the award’s inception in 2007, the United States has honored women who have risked their lives and well-being to stop human trafficking, gender-based violence, child marriage, and corruption. The award has honored women who have been imprisoned, tortured, and threatened with death for standing up for justice, human rights, constitutional reform, and the rule of law.

One nominee per country (one each from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu) will be chosen by the U.S. Embassy for the Ambassador’s Woman of Courage Award in March to celebrate Women’s History Month. Nominators are encouraged to provide as much information on the nominee as possible and to clearly articulate why the nominee should be considered for the Ambassador’s Woman of Courage Award.

$500 will be given to a community-based organization chosen by the winners.

For nomination forms and instructions, click here or contact Gender Assistant Agatha Pio at or phone +675 308-2100.