The U.S. Consulate General observed International Women’s Day by honoring Dr. Puja Kapai as the 2015 recipient of the Woman of Courage Award for Hong Kong. U.S. Consul General Clifford A. Hart, Jr., presented Dr. Kapai with a certificate today in recognition of her support for victims of domestic violence, as well as her advocacy for increased awareness of human trafficking issues and the challenges faced by ethnic minority students and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. The award honors Dr. Kapai as a “champion of ethnic minorities and tireless advocate for victims of domestic violence and trafficking.”
The Consulate General nominated Dr. Kapai for the Secretary of State’s 2015 Award for International Women of Courage. Established in 2007, this award honors women around the globe who exemplify courage and leadership in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress. It is the only Department of State award that pays tribute to emerging women leaders worldwide.
The U.S. Department of State announced the 2015 recipients of the Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage on March 3. This year’s awardees include women from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burma, Central African Republic, Guinea, Japan, Kosovo, Pakistan, and Syria. For more information about the recipients, please visit: Biographies of 2015 Award Winners