First Lady Jill Biden says the State Department is honoring 21 women for their courage and their "intentional decision" to persist and demand justice despite their fear.
The women recognized Monday with the State Department's International Women of Courage Award include seven from Afghanistan receiving posthumous honors.
Biden said in remarks at a virtual awards ceremony that the honorees made extraordinary choices in the course of ordinary lives.
The Associated Press reported that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony was held virtually and not at the State Department.
Biden says courage isn't really found but is "an intentional decision made."
The 14 living awardees are from Belarus, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Iran, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Venezuela.
Monday is International Women's Day.