Women for Women International Honors Jewelle Bickford at New York Luncheon Event

Women for Women International Honors Jewelle Bickford at New York Luncheon Event

May 5, 2015, New York City – Women for Women International honored longtime supporter and outstanding Board Member Jewelle Bickford at its 7th annual luncheon on Tuesday. The event - titled Beyond the Headlines: The Role of Women - featured a panel discussion with David Rohde, Kristen Mulvihill, and Noorjahan Akbar and moderated by Pat Mitchell on the power of Afghan women to shape their country's future.

The event brought together some of New York's leading philanthropists, artists, and activists, including Gloria Steinem, author Elizabeth Dewberry, U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco Jane Hartley, designer Adrienne Vittadini, noted New York philanthropists James and Zibby Tozer, designer Anna Bulgari, noted philanthropist and businesswoman Francine LeFrak, and fashion stylist Heather Pfaff.

With more than $530,000 raised for the event to support women survivors of war, Jewelle Bickford was honored by her friend and colleague Jeffrey Maurer, Evercore Chief Executive Officer, for her many years of philanthropy and passionate dedication to advance women's empowerment in conflict-affected countries around the world.

The luncheon was co-chaired by Women for Women International Board Members Dale Berger, Jewelle Bickford, Barbara Perlmutter, and Amy L. Towers, Board Chair Jan Rock Zubrow, and supporter Sandy Meyer. WfWI Board Member Debbie Harmon served as the emcee for the event.

The event included an off-the-record conversation on the future of Afghanistan moderated by Pat Mitchell and featuring Reuters reporter David Rohde and his wife Kristen Mulvihill who shared the story of David’s capture by the Taliban in 2008. Joining them was Noorjahan Akbar, an Afghan activist and blogger for gender equality, who brought the perspectives and stories of women who are working on the ground to shape the future of her country.

For more information, please contact Amber Khan, Senior Director of Communications, at amber.khan@womenforwomen.org or (202) 521-9607, or visit www.womenforwomen.org.

About Women for Women International

Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has provided women survivors of war, and conflict with resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency. WfWI delivers these resources through a tiered, yearlong program that begins with direct financial aid and emotional support. Participants also learn about their legal rights; receive life-skills training such as health awareness, numeracy, budgeting and saving, decision-making and negotiation, and civic participation; learn business and vocational skills; and gain access to income-generating activities where they can apply those skills and begin moving towards economic stability. Along with helping more than 420,000 women in the past 20 years to rebuild their own lives and those of their families and communities after war, WfWI uses its voice to call global attention to the unique role that women play in advancing peace throughout society. WfWI works in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan.