Wednesday, February 20, 2019

UN Women for Peace Association Host Cocktail Reception Ahead of International Women's Day

Michal Grayevsky, Jo Carole Lauder, Ronald S. Lauder, Alice Tisch, Raymond Kelly, Barbara Winston

New York, NY: Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder welcomed over 70 guests to his townhouse Monday night in advance of the UN Women for Peace Association’s upcoming Awards Luncheon on March 1, 2019, to be held at the UN Delegates Dining Room.

During the cocktail reception, Ambassador Lauder, a longtime supporter of UNWFPA, delivered welcoming remarks. UNWFPA President Barbara Winston and Luncheon Co-Chair Raymond Kelly, former NYC Police Commissioner and CEO of the Guardian Group, also spoke.

Ambassador Lauder, who hosted with his wife, Jo Carole Lauder, told the crowd that it was especially meaningful to host the event at his childhood home, which once belonged to his pathbreaking mother, Estee Lauder.  

"My mother spent her life lifting women up and empowering them to achieve gretness.  I know everyeone here shares that mission, and I thank you for all that you do to end violence against women", Ambassador Lauder said. 

UNWFPA President Barbara Winston said: “Technology and humanity have to meet in order to provide the world with the courage and ambition to give each person their inalienable rights.”

“The UNWFPA is a vital organization devoted to raising awareness about the violence and indeed the atrocities perpetrated against women throughout the globe,” said Commissioner Kelly.

In addition to Commissioner Kelly, this year’s UNWFPA Awards Luncheon will be co-chaired by philanthropist Alice Tisch, who stood alongside Commissioner Kelly as he spoke. 

This year's Awards Luncheon will honor actor, writer and activist Ben Stiller, activist Leslee Udwin CEO and founder of Think Equal; fashion designed Naeem Khan; and international philanthropists Albert and Deidre Pujols.  UNWFPA will recognize Changemakers and Educators Mark Bracket Ph. D, founding Director of YALE Center for Emotional Intelligence and Robin Stern Ph. D, Co- Founder & Associate Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.  Together UNWFPA, Yale and Facebook are bringing awareness to the importance of integrating social and emotional well being into schools, families and communities as a pathway to peace around the world.
UN Women for Peace Association was founded in 2008 under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, the wife of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The organization, which is led by Chair Muna Rihani Al-Nasser and President Barbara Winston, helps to advance the goals of academic and charitable organizations that provide opportunities for women to partake in the global peace-building process through social, cultural, education and women empowerment programs.

Tickets and Tables for the Awards Luncheon on March 1st are available here

Photo (c) Amber De Vos for Patrick McMullan

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