American Women For International Understanding
MISSION STATEMENT – Promotes woman-to-woman interaction and understanding Worldwide through meaningful visits, grants, educational support, the celebration and support of the International Women of Courage, and participation of local Chapters which act locally and affect globally.
AWIU connects women to women around the world, as it has done since 1968.
- We sponsor delegations of our members to visit women in other countries.
- Our grants focus on strengthening the work of women within the U.S. and around the world.
- Our local chapters educate and support women world-wide.
- We yearly honor the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage.
Please join us in our mission of world-wide understanding.
International Women of Courage Celebration
Since 2008, American Women for International Understanding has had the unique privilege to work with the US Department of State to host the International Women of Courage Celebration. This special evening recognizes the State Department’s International Women of Courage honorees who are making a significant difference in the lives of women and children. The Celebration is an intimate event to honor the awardees and provide them with grants for continued work in their home countries. AWIU is proud to present the International Women of Courage Celebration for the last nine years.
Patron donations help AWIU provide grants to IWOC awardees as well as provide critical funding for AWIU programs and operations. Help support us today
About the 2017 International Women of Courage Celebration
American Women for International Understanding is pleased to announce that our Honorary Chair for the International Women of Courage Celebration is Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments and respected advocate for financial literacy and investor education. The International Women of Courage Celebration, an evening honoring female leaders and changemakers from around the globe, will be held on April 6, 2017 in Los Angeles at the Jonathan Club. She succeeds previous Honorary Committee Chair and fellow broadcasters Lesley Stahl, Katie Couric and Cokie Roberts.Learn More
AWIU Dinner Banquet for IWOC Awardees at The Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, CA
AWIU 2016 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE CELEBRATION April 7, 2016: American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) hosted a dinner in honor of the 2016 International Women of Courage Awardees at Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.
AWIU’S Career Opportunities for International Relations (COIR) Symposium
American Women for International Understanding, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) will host the 3rd annual AWIU Career Opportunities for International Relations (COIR) Symposium. Please check back for details about this symposium and how you can sign up.
COIR 2016 AWIU Committee
2016 COIR: AWIU promotes woman to-woman interaction and understanding worldwide. The AWIU COIR Symposium gives young women an opportunity to learn about international careers and engage with today’s leaders in the field. The AWIU and DOS COIR Committee is excited about this year’s theme “Passing the Baton”. Career panels during the day’s events focused on early career development for both public and private sector job opportunities. Eighty young women, ranging from high school seniors to young professionals, attended the event. Presenters included State Department Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom, State Department Counselor Kristie Kenney, former U.S. Representative Diane Watson and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Carol Perez, who shared valuable advice on how to become empowered female leaders.
This is an invitational event for high school seniors, college and young professional women. Participants had the opportunity to experience a full day of gaining knowledge and information about international careers. Click here for information on 2016 COIR:
AWIU DELEGATES IN BURMA/MYANMAR IN JANUARY 2014
Our Burma/Myanmar Delegation had an educational visit. With planned visits our delegation learned about the culture and heritage, non-profits/non-governmental organizations and the daily living in Burma. Our delegates are back in the U.S. now and are preparing to educate other AWIU members and non members. We are hosting a Burmese night on Friday January 24, 2014 in San Francisco – all AWIU members and friends of AWIU members are invited.The Delegation travelled to the major cities and met with leading women’s groups, politicians, micro lenders and others during their 12 day trip. Read more
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