WuDunn, Kumari to Receive Lotus Awards
On June 3 The Asia Foundation's Lotus Circle will honor journalist and author Sheryl WuDunn, and Dr. Ranjana Kumari, a leader in the women's rights movement in India, at the fifth annual Lotus Leadership Awards in New York City, for their contributions to the well-being of women and girls in Asia. Ms. WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, and co-author of Half the Sky, on the oppression and trafficking of women, will be honored for raising awareness about challenges women face, including gender-based violence. Ms. Kumari will receive a Lotus Award for her efforts to create a gender just society. She directs the Centre for Social Research, a non-profit whose landmark efforts to change police attitudes towards women in India include placing one woman officer in every police station in the country. Read a Q&A with Asia Foundation Trustee Melanne Verveer, the first U.S. ambassador-at large for global women's issues in our blog. Attend the Lotus Awards.