What We Do
AWIU supports and advocates for the work, women leaders and women non-profit organizations are doing around the world to build a more just, economically sound, and humane society.
Founded in 1967, AWIU has sponsored more than 100 delegations to countries in six out of seven continents. We were the first delegation of women permitted to enter Russia in 1968, China in 1973, and Saudi Arabia in 2002 as well as the first delegation of American women to visit Libya in 2009 in 40 years. In June 2012, we sent a delegation to the Balkans, which met with women leaders and organizations working to heal and empower women and their families in the aftermath of the Balkan Wars of the ‘90’s. Our most recent delegation was to Nicaragua in November 2017.
In 2013-2014, AWIU awarded grants to three non-profit organizations focused on training and empowering young women and girls in the areas of leadership, technology, and journalism.
International Women of Courage Celebration:
Since 2008, AWIU has presented The International Women of Courage Celebration in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State. The evening gala honors the extraordinary women selected by the State Department from around the globe for their courageous and selfless efforts advocating for peace, justice, human rights and women’s equality, often in the face of great personal risk. Each of the awardees receives a monetary grant from AWIU to support her continued leadership efforts in her home country. The IWOC Celebration was held in Washington, D.C. at the National Press Club from 2008 – 2015 and in Los Angeles, CA at the Jonathan Club since 2016 in March or April to compliment International Women’s Day.
AWIU has chapters in Washington, D.C., New York State, Chicago, Northern California, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Orange County and San Diego.
Our teleconference series features women leaders who are working with women and youth to build leadership and overcome social and economic obstacles around the world. Recent Virtual 1 Teleconferences have featured women leaders working on projects and organizations in Libya, India, Zimbabwe and Nepal. The focus of Virtual 2 Teleconferences is on raising awareness of the exact nature and extent of human trafficking with special attention to the work being done to prevent further human exploitation and to the heal and empower its victims.
Please-mail Barbara Rubio, membership chair firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions about AWIU and how you can participate.