So pleased to announce that I am being honored by IANGEL in a virtual gala on August 19, 2021, at 5:30 pm (Pacific Time) with their Amel Zenoune-Zouoani Rights & Leadership Award. I will share this honor with Julienne Lusenge, a tireless leader on behalf of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Lawyer colleague and friend Nancy Newman founded IANGEL (International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law), an international network of lawyers dedicated to gender equity and justice. It harnesses the power of pro bono legal assistance, connecting it to the cause of women’s rights locally, nationally, and around the world. Nancy’s vision and can-do attitude are a testament to the power of an individual to make enormous changes.
IANGEL’s Rights & Leadership Award was named for Amel Zenoune-Zouani, an Algerian law student who was murdered by fundamentalists in 1988 for refusing to give up her law studies. The award in Amel’s memory keeps her in our hearts and minds, reminds us of the sacrifices made in pursuit of gender equality, and inspires us to continue the hard work ahead.
Please visit IANGEL’s website to register for the event and to learn more about the organization and its important work. https://www.iangel.org/
The $30 ticket price supports a great cause. I will be hosting ten friends, so if you would like to attend as my guest, please send me an email, and I will put you on the list.
My last blog was about a Zoom interview with author Joan Steinau Lester, sponsored by Alta Mesa Center for the Arts. She and I discussed her latest book, Loving Before Loving. The event had great attendance, thanks to all that joined. For those who are unable to be with us that Sunday afternoon, here is the video of the interview.
As mentioned in the interview, Joan has received more emails and letters about this book than any other of the fine books she has published. Joan recently posted a moving story and picture on Facebook that I share here with Joan and the couple’s permission.
I hope your summer is going well, the Delta variant is wreaking havoc around the nation, so please protect yourselves. Many people feel done with the CORONA virus, but the virus is not done with us. Therefore, patience and caution are in order, and that includes mask-wearing, hand hygiene, and getting vaccinated if you haven’t yet done so.
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