On March 6, The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), a network of 120 leading U.S. research, policy and advocacy centers to improve and celebrate women's leadership across the public, for-profit and non-profit sectors, held its 2012 Making A Difference Awards. This year, Miriam Yeung, the Executive Director of National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), is to be among those celebrated at this awards ceremony for her work to advance women’s issues and promote female leadership. To remind readers, NAPAWF is the only national Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women’s multi-issue, social justice and human rights advocacy organization in the country. It works to guarantee the self-determination and dignity of API women and girls by prioritizing anti-trafficking advocacy, immigrant rights, environmental justice and reproductive justice within a human rights framework. Ms. Yeung’s leadership has been integral to many of the important projects, accomplishments and collaborations that the group has engaged in. The Overbrook Foundation congratulates Miriam on this honor as she continues her work to advocate for issues that are important to women of the API community.
In addition to Miriam Yeung, Abigail Disney, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker, co-creators of PBS's Women War & Peace, were honored at this event. As explained in a communication from WNET/Thirteen to our Foundation, this series demonstrates “how women are becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties in contemporary conflicts – yet they are simultaneously emerging as key partners in brokering peace and forging new international laws.” Overbrook supported this project by funding its accompanying educational materials designed to bring lessons and video on conflict and human rights concepts into schools around the country. Through this award, we continue to see the impact of and the recognition for this film and its creators who have so powerfully brought issues of women’s human rights to the broad public.
In addition to honoring these human rights and social justice activists, The Overbrook Foundation would like to wish our readers a wonderful International Women’s Day. We take this day to recognize the important contributions of our many grantees to protect and advance the human rights for women both in the United States and beyond.