Some Words from Our President
I hope your summer is off to a great start! I would like to take a moment to thank you for attending our Annual Awards Luncheon this past March and inform you next year’s luncheon will be held on March 5, 2020. More importantly, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt appreciation for your dedication to our mission to end violence against women and girls on a global scale.
It is your spirit and zeal for the development of our organization that ensures our mission of education, protection, and empowerment of girls and women will continue to thrive and prosper. Society has undoubtedly posed an uphill challenge for young girls and women everywhere to remain safe and unshackled by preconceived notions about their abilities, but, it is my firm belief that when we come together we create one distinguishable, powerful voice. Hopefully, this will usher in a new age of female enlightenment that drowns out all violence. With your help, we will continue our work to empower women and girls. On March 5, 2020, we will be honoring another cadre of exceptional individuals and highlighting their work towards our common goals.
I am sending to you a copy of my speech that I gave at our Annual Awards Luncheon this past March that speaks to our lofty goals.
- Barbara Winston President, UNWFPA
Opening Remarks from UNWFPA President Barbara Winston
UN Women for Peace Association Annual Awards Luncheon 2019
Your Excellencies, dignitaries, ladies and gentlemen:
Thank you to our co-chairs: the great Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and philanthropist Alice Tisch. To our sponsors: Janet Jensen, Alice and Thomas Tisch, to Laurice Rahme of Bond No. 9 perfume, Deidre and Albert Pujols, Ambassador Ronald Lauder, Sheika Rima Al-Sabah, Kuwait-America Foundation, JCS International, Michal Grayevsky, Citibank, Estee Lauder Companies, Beekman Real Estate, Sonia Ricord, Dr. Dexter and May Sun, Andrea Catsimatidis and the Red Apple Group, Gucci, Bruce Winston Gem, CIFA, and to our collaborators at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Facebook Education.
Thank you to our board of advisors, our distinguished honorees, to our Ambassadors for Peace, Ambassador Ronald Lauder, and Sheika Rima Al-Sabah.
Thank you to our board of directors: Michal Grayevsky, Bona Neritani, Rema Dupont, and my daughter Stephanie Winston Wolkoff. Especially, to our beloved chair and founder, Dame Muna Rihani Al-Nasser, for her vision and her leadership. Our marvelous Muna cannot be here today but sends all of us her inspirations to do noble deeds. With us is her husband Ambassador Nassir Al-Nasser, an illustrious diplomat and former High Representative of the Alliance of Civilizations, a global voice for peace.
This luncheon in March celebrates International Women’s Day, March 8, as proclaimed in 1977 by the General Assembly. Freedom and equality, subordination and domination: these are facts of the human experience. Anatomical modern man is over 100,000 years old. We live in a suit of skin, and with but a small area of real estate between our ears, look at what humankind has accomplished!
We live in a world of soaring architecture, particle accelerators working to determine the origin of the universe, spaceships to Mars, and even living on spaceship Earth, ourselves. Miracles in medicine and science astound us, daily. And yet, so many girls and women experience violence, are subject to slavery, human trafficking and genital mutilation. Millions around the globe are without education and countless millions more are child brides. This global epidemic of violence is not sustainable for humanity; we must work to reign it in so that our civilization might flourish. We cannot survive on this planet without peace. We cannot lose generations to violence and misery.
We are living in a world of exponential technological growth. As such, we need stride forward, connecting the boldest ideas with radical new solutions. We have an explosion of social networking sites, meaning each of you are creators who can impact hundreds, thousands, millions, or even a billion.
We have a call to duty to create an irrepressible Wall of Determination. We dream of a world in which there is no war, where all are prosperous and able to take proper care of their children. We need to promote the intersection of humanity with technology infused with the decisiveness only people like you can provide.
The United Nations Women for Peace Association has a mission to educate, to advance and to champion giving a voice to platforms that empower women and girls. Much of our energy is directed to raising funds for the United Nations Trust Fund to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls. We need your support and your big ideas to attack these grand challenges. We have to be relentless and crystal clear in our immensely transformative purpose. We will deconstruct the DNA of violence!
— March 1, 2019