Miranda Cohen

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, an AWIU Conversation brought International Women of Courage and Guatemalan judges Yassmin Barrios (2014) and Erika Aifan (2021) together to discuss the plight of justice in their country. Moderated by  AWIU members Laura Pollard and Gayle Morin, the Conversation was attended by Douglas Choi, desk […]

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Mushroom farming

An AWIU Conversation with Dr. Rita Nyampinga   International Woman of Courage Dr. Rita Nyampinga has been busy since returning to Harare, Zimbabwe from her stateside visit in 2020 to collect her IWOC award. On June 18th, she shared what she’s been doing with women recently released from prison in

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Alona 10

On Saturday evening, July 9th, Carol Ann Warren hosted a small gathering for AWIU’s Los Angeles chapter at her San Marino home. The featured guest was Ukrainian refugee Alona Tychyna, who spoke about her upbringing in a small Ukrainian town, the war that began in February, 2022, her precarious journey

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Hostess Committee with IWOCs

Janet Elliott, President and CEO, International Visitors Center Los Angeles (IVCLA) welcomed guests to the annual lunch honoring the 2022 International Women of Courage. Katrina Fotovat, Senior Official of the Office of Global and Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State introduced the four IWOC alumnae, who were in Los Angeles

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Tatiana and Pooja

Pooja Chandra Pama, ACE Health Foundation’s President and Founder, is an entrepreneur, humanitarian and an active AWIU member. Through her organization, she partners with the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs program (AWE), the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, by funding programming and seeding AWE graduates’ entrepreneurial

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IWOC Panels

The U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice. In late March, the State Department announced two

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There’s a revival happening with AWIU chapters. Most AWIU members joined the organization to bring more collegiality and friendship into their lives; the pandemic suppressed the ability to congregate, but slowly, slowly, members – and chapters – are looking to gather in person and take up local projects. “People want

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Grants for women and women's empowerment from AWIU

“A few years ago, because we have a limited budget and want our funds to go as far as possible, we began encouraging micro-grants for concrete projects, those with a beginning, middle, and end, and with specific goals clearly defined,” says Marsha Niazmand, co-chair of the Grants Committee. “We’ve found

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