The 2018 International Women of Courage Celebration
Thursday, March 29th, 2018
At The Jonathan Club in Los Angeles
545 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
6:00 pm Registration and Reception
7:00 pm Program and Dinner
The International Women of Courage Award
The International Women of Courage Award was established by the U.S. Department of State in 2007 to honor women who are making a substantial difference in the lives of women around the globe. Nominated by U.S. embassies and NGOs, the candidates are selected by the State Department for their courageous and selfless efforts advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress, often in the face of great personal risk. Honorees travel to the U.S. for an award ceremony at the State Department and an opportunity for cultural exchange across the country.
“Economies cannot prosper and countries cannot be free unless women are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. That was as true in 2006 when we created this award as it is today. Together [the International Women of Courage] represent the leading edge of the women’s empowerment movement and are an inspiration to us all.”Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Founder of the IWOC Award, in a message to the 2016 IWOCs
AWIU’s International Women of Courage Celebration
Since 2008, American Women for International Understanding has had the unique privilege to work with the State Department in hosting The International Women of Courage Celebration, an evening event that recognizes the awardees and celebrates their exemplary efforts. In addition, AWIU provides each of the awardees with a monetary grant to support continued efforts in her home country. The observance of International Women’s Day provides the backdrop for this prestigious dinner event.
Journalist Lisa Ling named Honorary Chair for the International Women of Courage Celebration 2018
American Women for International Understanding is pleased to announce that our Honorary Chair for the International Women of Courage Celebration 2018 is Lisa Ling, an award-winning journalist, author and advocate for women. Ms. Ling will join a list of other distinguished women on the Honorary Committee offering their support to AWIU’s Celebration in the spring of 2018. The exact date of the International Women of Courage Celebration will be determined by the US Department of State in early February 2018, but our committee is honored to work with Ms. Ling as we plan our event.
Lisa Ling recently wrapped her fourth season the CNN Original Series, “This is Life with Lisa Ling.” In each episode, she immerses herself in communities that are unusual, extraordinary and sometimes dangerous, giving viewers an inside look at some of America’s most unconventional segments of society and some of its most important issues. In 2017, the series won a Gracie Award for Excellence in Media.
Ling is also the host of the new CNN digital series, “This is Sex with Lisa Ling,” where she explores the taboos around sex in America and the ways in which sexuality has been stigmatized, policed and politicized.
AWIU Announces Diplomatic Courier’s Ana Rold as 2018 Internationalism Award Honoree.
The American Women for International Understanding is honored to announce that the 2018 Internationalism Award recipient is Ana C. Rold, the founder and publisher of Diplomatic Courier, a global affairs media network. Ms. Rold is also an advocate for women’s global issues and a mentor to women leaders at home and abroad. The AWIU Internationalism Award is presented to individuals who have addressed concerns and issues facing women worldwide. The commitment and work of the individuals have set them apart by every standard. Recipients have exhibited international support for women’s issues and contributed to worldwide understanding, raised awareness of global concerns, and fostered and encouraged cross-cultural dialogue.
Ms. Rold is the Founder and Publisher of Diplomatic Courier, the flagship media network and magazine for top diplomats in Washington, DC, New York, Brussels and Geneva. Digitally, Diplomatic Courier’s network spans 180 countries and 3.6 million readers.
Since 2009 Rold has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the annual leadership publications of the G7 Summit (formerly the G8), the G20 and B20 Summits, and APEC Summit. She covered and managed the editorial production of these publications for the summits in Italy, Canada, South Korea, the United States, France, as well as the G8 and NATO in the United States, the G20 in Mexico, and the APEC Summit in Russia.
In tandem with her publishing and editorial work, Rold has taught Comparative Politics and Political Science at Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies since 2006. At Northeastern, she has also served as Director of the Cyprus Program and co-Director for the Egypt Program for Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations Initiative.
Rold received a Master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, with a focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution at American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs at Northeastern University. She speaks five languages.
Her advocacy and mentorship on behalf of women and women’s global issuesextend around the globe.
Bernice Behrens Founder’s Award to AWIU Grant Program Chair
AWIU is pleased to announce that the Bernice Behrens Founder’s Award will be presented to Marsha Niazmand at the 2018 International Women in Courage Celebration in Los Angeles. Created in 2003, this award is given to an AWIU member, who through extraordinary efforts, has furthered the mission of the organization. Marsha Niazmand is being honored for her dedicated work on reshaping AWIU Grant program to be a vibrant, internationally-focused source of microgrants for women across the globe.
Marsha joined AWIU in 2004 and became an active member in the Chicago chapter. She participated in AWIU’s delegation to Japan. In 2011, Marsha joined the AWIU Board and, a year later, she began working on the Grant Committee. Under Marsha’s leadership, the AWIU Grant Program changed its focus from supporting US- based program to supporting “in country” grants to grassroots groups of women from developing countries. In 2017, the AWIU Grant Program supported 17 organizations, from Afghanistan to Nicaragua to Tanzania in addition to the 13 US Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage. The AWIU Grant Program is supported by the Sponsors and Patrons of the International Women of Courage Celebration.Read Bio
2018 GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SPONSOR
AWIU salutes Deloitte for its 8th consecutive year as lead sponsor for
The International Women of Courage Celebration
2018 PATRONS & SPONSORS
Thank you to our generous sponsors and patrons
Bridges of Understanding
Freedom and Equality
The Walt Disney Company
Empowerment Through Education
Nancy McAniff Annick • Marilyn Beth Dresser
Onma Lwin • Cynthy Moffatt
Women for Others
UCLA Anderson School of Management
U.S. News & World Report
Martha A. Atherton • Susan Chandler • Lian Dolan
Carole J. Lewis • Maggie Sabbag • Mary M. Schammel
Janice Meagher Trojan • Jane Mursener Wetzel
Diane Mitchell Henry • Kathleen Huston • Annette Madden
Diane M. McGlinchey • Marsha Niazmand • Julie Pantiskas
Louise Simon Schoene • Maria Emmi Schory
Laura D. Schuldt • Inez Parker Sharp
Awareness and Appreciation
Suzanne Martin Barnes • Elizabeth Conovitz • Earlie Douglas
Barbara Frommer • Ann Horton • Kathleen LeRoy