Celebrating Our First Global Impact Awards
Many thanks to all the friends and colleagues who joined us for a reception on February 23 in Washington DC to honor Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer.
Our inaugural Global Impact Awards were made in recognition of two exceptional individuals whose work will have a lasting effect to reduce gender-based violence globally. Opening remarks were made by former Congressman Bill Delahunt, the newest member of our Board of Directors, who gave special attention to the significant accomplishments made by Secretary Albright and Ambassador Verveer in the course of their work.
Congressman Delahunt was followed by Futures Founder and President Esta Soler, who emphasized major accomplishments by the many organizations and partners working to end violence against women and children around the world. She called attention to the fact that in the first 15 years after the Violence Against Women Act passed (1994), non-fatal intimate partner violence against women in the U.S. decreased by more than 50 percent. Allowing that the status of violence against women and children in many post-conflict countries represents an enormous challenge in the years ahead, Ms. Soler also shared details about our new international conference and education center that is located in a national park - The Presidio of San Francisco. The new center will be a global hub for “the best and the brightest from around the world to share tactics, strategies, and solutions to the problem of violence against women."
Additional speakers included The Honorable Nancy Rubin, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Commission for Human Rights during the Clinton Administration and is currently a presidential appointee to the White House Council for Community Solutions, and His Excellency Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Development Bank.
The February 23rd event also marked an informative Washington DC visit for Futures Without Violence’s Board of Directors. In the course of their two-day visit, board members had the opportunity to meet with key leaders who work on gender-based violence issues for the United States Government.
Photos: (Top) Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, accept their Global Impact Awards. (Center) Futures Founder and President Esta Soler celebrates our inaugural Global Impact Awards with members of our board.