UNFCU Foundation Celebrates Humanitarian Partners Fighting Poverty

Honors Madame Ban Soon-taek for Lifetime of Service and Author Sheryl WuDunn with Women’s Empowerment Awards


At its Empowerment Celebration held here, UNFCU Foundation, a non-profit, registered 501 (c) (3) organization, recognized the achievements of causes it supported in 2015 to reduce poverty through education and healthcare for women and children in developing countries and New York City.

Watch the featured video at the event.

“The grassroots, sustainable projects we support are enabling women to lead in their communities, even in the face of extreme poverty, tremendous upheaval, violence and injustice,” said Pamela Agnone, president and director of UNFCU Foundation, which also marked its first year of operations. “Adequate healthcare and access to education are precious gifts for women and children in many parts of the world. We honor the country officers, program managers, physicians and teachers who are leading the fight against poverty, changing mindsets and promoting gender equality.”

Leaders in Women's Empowerment Praised

The speakers and honorees pose for a group photo at UNFCU Foundation's Women's Empowerment Celebration

At the UNFCU Foundation Empowerment Celebration (from left to right): Madame Ban Soon-taek; Ms. Noorjahan Akbar, Women for Women International; Dr. Nafy Diop, UNFPA; Ms. Pamela Agnone, UNFCU Foundation; and Ms. Sheryl WuDunn.
(Photo credit: Margaret Fox)

The Foundation presented Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, humanitarian and women’s education advocate, with the Foundation's inaugural Women’s Empowerment Award. “Everyone can make a difference and our work together will create a better future for all,” said Ms. WuDunn whose newest book with co-author Nicholas Kristof, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, is raising global visibility for the empowerment of women and girls of whom 66 million remain out of school.

Capping the evening, Madame Ban Soon-taek received a lifetime achievement award for her leadership furthering children's education and welfare, autism awareness and research, HIV/AIDS services, and the elimination of violence against women and girls. "Your compassion and involvement advocating for women and children have been powerful forces for change worldwide," said Ms. Agnone. “It is a distinct privilege to present you with the UNFCU Foundation award.”

Criteria for the UNFCU Foundation awards included tireless advocacy, impact and commitment to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, specifically “No Poverty,” “Good Health and Well-Being,” “Quality Education,” “Gender Equality,” “Decent Work and Economic Growth,” and “Sustainable Cities and Communities.”

More than 150 guests attended the reception, including officials from the UN community, diplomatic corps and the private sector.

About UNFCU Foundation

UNFCU Foundation is a New York-based, non-profit corporation established in 2014 by the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU). The Foundation is overseen by an independent board of directors who work with an advisory council comprised of volunteers with specialized expertise in a variety of disciplines to evaluate grant requests and project sponsorships.

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Media Contact

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