After the recently concluded 2022 International Women of Courage virtual award ceremony, the US Department of State shares Pham Doan Trang's accomplishments as a human rights defender, journalist and advocate of the rule of law in Vietnam.  


“It is often women who lead the charge for human rights, democracy, and justice; including in places where women hold much less than half of the political, economic, and social power.  That’s why the equal rights and dignity of women is a foreign policy priority for the United States.” SECRETARY ANTONY BLINKEN

Established in 2007, this annual award honors women from around the world who have demonstrated exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in order to bring about positive change to their communities, often at great personal risk and sacrifice.  To date, under the IWOC program, the U.S. Department of State has recognized more than 170 women from over 80 countries.  All awardees have advocated for the protection of human rights, advanced gender equity and equality, empowered women and girls, in all their diversity, and fostered peace and government transparency around the world.

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Phạm Đoan Trang

Phạm Đoan Trang


Phạm Đoan Trang is an internationally recognized author, blogger, journalist, and human rights defender who, through her writing and interviews, uses thoroughly researched legal arguments to advocate for human rights, rule of law, and the inclusion of all voices in political spaces in Vietnam. Ms. Trang authored books and co-founded numerous community-based organizations focused on the expansion of political participation and promoting human rights, good governance, and access to justice. As a journalist, she bravely reported on social issues previously untouched by the Vietnamese media. Ms. Trang has received numerous international awards for her work. She was arrested on October 6, 2020, and sentenced to nine years in prison on December 14, 2021, for purportedly “making, storing, or disseminating propaganda against the people’s administration” in relation to her writings and peacefully expressing her opinions.