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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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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Madeleine Albright

The AWIU community is deeply saddened by the loss of Secretary Madeleine Albright, who died on March 23, 2022 in Washington, D.C. An American diplomat who served as the 64th United States secretary of state from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton, she was the first woman appointed to …

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At the start of the new year, Barbara Rubio and Ann Diederich took a fresh look at the Passport to the Future program. Ann, an educator who joined AWIU in October 2021,works with middle and high school students to help them define their passions and find their voices as volunteers …

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Rwanda Children

At American Women for International Understanding (AWIU), we’re always looking for ways to stretch our mission – and our dollars – to new and truly global heights. Early in 2021, we launched AWIU Conversations, a Zoomcast series designed to circumvent an inability for our members to gather in person due …

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