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 2016 International Women of Courage Celebration
At the 2016 International Women of Courage Celebration our Honorary Chair is journalist Lesley Stahl. As she begins her 25th season as a 60 Minutes correspondent, Lesley Stahl stands out as one of America’s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists. Her rich career has been marked by political scoops, surprising features and award-winning foreign reporting, a body of work that won her the RTDNA’s 2015 Paul White award for lifetime achievement. She has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since March 1991. She succeeds previous Honorary Committee Chair and fellow broadcasters Katie Couric and Cokie Roberts.
The American Women for International Understanding 2016 Internationalism Award recipient was Mrs. Harriet. M. Fulbright. The AWIU Internationalism Award is presented annually to an American woman who has made exceptional contributions to world understanding and betterment. Mrs. Harriet Mayor Fulbright is president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, a non-profit organization which serves to advance the work of Mrs. Fulbright’s late husband, Senator J. William Fulbright, and to continue her own lifework. She served as an unofficial ambassador for the 50th anniversary of the Fulbright Program and in that capacity traveled to numerous countries on all five major continents and throughout the United States to speak about the importance of international educational exchange and the pivotal role played by the Fulbright Program.
Mrs. Fulbright’s complete bio. Full Bio
The recipient of AWIU’s Bernice Behrens Founder’s Award for 2016 was Carole J. Lewis, an AWIU Member and Past President. This prestigious award was presented to Carole J. Lewis, an AWIU member since 1993, at the 2016 International Women of Courage Celebration event. Carole Lewis is a native of Chicago and graduated from The University of Chicago with a degree in International Studies. She had a career in banking. She joined AWIU in 1993 and became an active member. She started a newsletter, News and Notes for the membership. She has participated in at least 4 Delegations and ultimately served as president of AWIU. During her presidency, The International Woman of Courage (IWOC) was initiated and became the outstanding feature of AWIU. Since her retirement, she has established The Center for Wildlife Ethics and continues to support its efforts. She also is a supporter of women and girls and offers financial support of various groups. Her support of American Women for International Understanding continues, interspersed with travel around the world.
2016 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.