Encouraging Woman-to-Woman
Interaction Around the World
Since 1968

Dedicated to connecting and supporting courageous women leaders around the world to create a more just and equitable future.

Mission

To build bridges of international understanding through personal exchange and collaboration.

Vision

A compassionate and interconnected world with equality for all.

Values

Understanding: Respecting, honoring, and celebrating diversity promotes mutual understanding. Leading with empathy and compassion, we embrace opportunities to engage, learn, and serve the greater good.

Learning: Knowledge promotes understanding. We are committed to collaborative education and approach experiences with curious and open minds.

Community: Personal relationships are the foundation of mutual learning. We build friendship and community locally and globally through a supportive network of women.

Social Responsibility: Equal access for women and girls to education, healthcare, and opportunity is essential. We believe that empowered women are highly effective communicators and problem solvers.

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American Women for International Understanding champions a more just, equitable and accessible world. Our advocacy begins with a strong foundation here at home, where racism and discrimination have no place. Our mission drives us to build a global community based on our values of understanding, learning, community, and social responsibility.

What We Do


Annual event to honor and support those named by the U.S. Secretary of State as International Women of Courage.


Annual one day symposium in D.C. to connect young women interested in international careers with leaders in the field.


Connecting with women in person across the globe
since 1968.


Strengthening the work of women around the world.


Connect locally to reach globally.


Networking and educational opportunities for students and women under 32.

AWIU Conversations


Structured, though Informal opportunities to connect with fellow members, grantees, IWOCs and others via zoom.

Awards


Honoring the work of women leaders at home and abroad.

News & Updates

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Empowering Women Released from Prison

An AWIU Conversation with Dr. Rita Nyampinga   International Woman of Courage Dr. Rita Nyampinga has been busy since returning...
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L.A. Chapter:  Ukrainian Refugee Alona Tychyna

On Saturday evening, July 9th, Carol Ann Warren hosted a small gathering for AWIU’s Los Angeles chapter at her San...
Hostess Committee with IWOCs

Perseverance through Adversity:  IVCLA Lunch with IWOC Alumnae

Janet Elliott, President and CEO, International Visitors Center Los Angeles (IVCLA) welcomed guests to the annual lunch honoring the 2022...

Support AWIU

AWIU is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID # 23-7273487

American Women for International Understanding
1900 East Golf Road, Suite 950
Schaumburg, IL 60173
phone: 202-643-1196 | email: info@awiu.org

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