Each year, the Geneva Summit presents two prestigious awards at its event: the Courage Award and the Women’s Rights Award. These awards are presented annually to outstanding individuals who show bravery and fortitude in upholding the values of our Summit. Awardees challenge the status quo in their respective spheres of influence and promote human rights around the world.

Courage Award

  • 2023: Félix Maradiaga: Nicaraguan democracy dissident and former political prisoner, targeted by the government on false criminal charges
  • 2022: Enes Kanter Freedom: Activist Baskeball player dropped from the NBA for speaking out against China.
  • 2021: Alexey Navalny: Jailed Russian opposition leader and survivor of poisoning attack, accepted by Daria Navalnaya.
  • 2020: Biram Dah Abeid: Leader of the fight against slavery in Mauritania.
  • 2019: Dhondup Wangchen: Former political prisoner and Tibetan filmmaker who exposed life under Chinese rule through a groundbreaking documentary.
  • 2018: Vladimir Kara-Murza: Leading dissident against Russia’s Putin regime, Chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation, and survivor of two poisoning attempts.
  • 2017: Mohamed Nasheed, Former President of the Maldives, the country’s leading human rights activist, and former political prisoner.
  • 2016: Antonio Ledezma (represented by his daughter Antonietta Ledezma), Former Mayor of Caracas, currently in exile after being put on house arrest on politically-motivated charges, AND Leopoldo Lopez (represented by his aunt Julieta Lopez), Venezuelan Opposition leader who was sentenced to 13 years in prison on trumped-up charges, Latin America’s best-known prisoner of conscience.
  • 2015: Raif Badawi (represented by his wife Ensaf Haidar), Saudi blogger and human rights activist who was sentenced to 10 years in prison and condemned to 1,000 lashes for his activism.
  • 2014: Chen Guangcheng, a blind lawyer who escaped house arrest in China and fled to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He now works to promote human rights in rural areas of China.

women's rights award

  • 2022: Zarifa Ghafari: Youngest female Afghan mayor and a survivor of three Taliban assassination attempts.
  • 2021: Gulalai Ismail: Pakistani women’s rights activist, political prisoner and escapee after going into forced hiding
  • 2020: Shaparak Shajarizadeh: Iranian activist imprisoned for removing headscarf in defiance of hijab law.
  • 2019: Nimco Ali: Leading advocate for the global eradication of female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • 2018: Julienne Lusenge: Congolese women’s rights champion fighting rape as a weapon of war and president of Solidarité Féminine pour la paix et le développement Intégra (SOFEPADI).
  • 2017: Shirin, Freed Yazidi sex slave of the Islamic State and author of “I Remain a Daughter of the Light.”
  • 2016: Vian Dakhil: the only female Yazidi member of Iraqi Parliament, made an internationally-heard plea for assistance to Yazidi people under persecution by the Islamic State AND Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, a German psychologist who created a clinic in northern Iraq for women victimized by the Islamic State.
  • 2015: Masih Alinejad: an Iranian freelance journalist and a leader in the campaign against the mandatory headscarf in Iran.