AWIU’s IWOC Celebration
Since 2008, American Women for International Understanding has had the unique privilege to collaborate with the State Department to support their outstanding program by annually hosting The International Women of Courage Celebration, an evening event that recognizes the awardees and celebrates their exemplary efforts. In addition, each of the awardees receives a monetary grant from AWIU to support continued efforts in her home country.
AWIU members and guests travel from across the U.S. and various foreign countries to attend the annual International Women of Courage Celebration and welcome the awardees to America. The dinner program also includes the presentation of the AWIU Internationalism Award and the Bernice Behrens Founders’ Award.
So this April 6th in Los Angeles, we hope you can join us in celebrating courageous women leaders from around the globe and building bridges of international understanding.
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 NGO’s, the candidates are selected by the State Department for their inspiring and impactful work.
The 2016 State Department Award Ceremony
The U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Ceremony and Reception was held the afternoon of March 6th at the Department of State.
About the 2017 International Women of Courage Celebration
Honorary Chair for the International Women of Courage Celebration was 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, was 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.Mellody Hobson’s Bio
AWIU Internationalism Award goes to Anita L. DeFrantz
AWIU is pleased to announce that Anita L. DeFrantz was the winner of the 2017 AWIU Internationalism Award. An Olympic medalist, she was being recognized for her commitment to advocating international exchange and peace through sports. Ms. DeFrantz is an Executive Board Member of the International Olympic Committee, former President of the LA84 Foundation, and Senior Advisor for Legacy to LA2024.Anita L. DeFrantz Info
Bernice Behrens Founders Award goes to Diane M. McGlinchey
The Bernice Behrens Founders Award was presented to Diane M. McGlinchey. An AWIU member since 2006, Diane has dedicated years to improving international relations and understanding. She served as AWIU President in 2014-2015 and expanded the direction of AWIU’s grants program. Diane also Chaired the 2009 IWOC Celebration and participated in AWIU’s delegation to Russia.Diane M. McGlinchey’s Bio
The International Women of Courage come from all walks of life and share the same unshakeable commitment to the rights and well-being of women around the globe. Their exceptional leadership and courage are helping to transform their societies despite tremendous challenges. IWOC honorees have included women from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burma, Central African Republic, China, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guinea, Iraq, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Authority, Paraguay, Russia, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen and Zimbabwe.
“I appreciate the work that American Women of International Understanding (AWIU) is doing to generate awareness on women’s issues around the globe. Their support, empathy, effort and time as a volunteer, to feature problems that women face within and outside the U.S. is simply commendable. Raising awareness on women’s issues is a crucial step towards progress and so is working together in global solidarity.”Roshika Deo, 2014 International Women Of Courage Awardee, Fij
AWIU Dinner Banquet for IWOC Awardees
at The Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, CA
AWIU 2017 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE CELEBRATION April 6, 2017: American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) hosted a dinner in honor of the 2017 International Women of Courage Awardees at Jonathan Club in Los Angeles.