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International Women of Courage: Honoring the 2023 Awardees

March 14, 2023

Event begins at 5:30 PM

The International Women of Courage Award given by the U.S. Secretary of State recognizes extraordinary women from around the world who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equity, and the empowerment of women and girls, in all their diversity, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. Since the inception of the International Women of Courage Award in March 2007, the U.S. Department of State has recognized more than 170 women from over 80 countries.

On March 14, 2023, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs will welcome two of the 2023 honorees to share their stories and help us mark International Women’s Day by recognizing the incredible work that they are leading in their respective countries.

Professor Danièle Darlan, the former President of the Central African Republic’s Constitutional Court, has earned the title of an International Woman of Courage for her defense of her nation’s constitution, her heroism in safeguarding judicial independence, and her refusal to be influenced by threats or political pressure.

Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi has spent most of her professional life advancing and promoting human rights, selflessly advocating for vulnerable populations and using her platforms to shed light on injustices in Malaysian society.  Ras Adiba also became a national Paralympic sharpshooter and earned a spot in the Malaysian Book of Records for ‘wheeling’ 420km in 13 days from Johor Bharu to Putrajaya in her wheelchair.

Please note that the event will be partially in French with English interpretation.

This event is sold out. 

Multi-ethnic women. A group of beautiful women with different beauty, hair and skin color. The concept of women, femininity, diversity, independence and equality. Vector illustration.


Non-Members $25; Members $15; Students admitted free with support from the Dr. and Mrs. Wael and Sawssan Khoury Students’ Fund.



The Union Club

1211 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Parking at the Union Club is $10 for valet service. Additional parking options include other lots in the downtown area and street parking. CCWA also encourages walking, biking, or public transportation.


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