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Celebrating Champions:
Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls

April 30, 2015

Violence against women and girls escalates dramatically when conflict and disaster force people to flee their homes. The protections of family and community break down, leaving women and girls at great risk of sexual violence, abuse and exploitation. Providing safe environments is crucial for women to rebuild their lives.

At our 2015 Voices of Courage Awards luncheon, we honored champions who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of refugee women and girls.


Mama Adey for website


Adey Ali Dahir, popularly known as Mama Adey, has tirelessly worked for decades to ensure that Dagahaley Camp, one of the five Dadaab Refugee Camps in Kenya, is a safe haven for Somali women and girls. As a member of CARE Kenya's Refugee Assistance Programme's "Committee against Violence," a community-based support group, Mama Adey, now 70 years old, has worked since 1992 to end sexual and gender based violence, child marriages and female genital mutilation.


Diana Nammi for website


Diana Nammi, a former Kurdish refugee, is the founder and chief executive of the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation in the UK. She works to prevent violence against women in refugee communities, such as "honor" killings and advocates for this violence to be treated as the crime that it is and never justified in the name of culture. Simultaneously she works to ensure that women from minority communities have equal access to the law and their human rights.




JPMorgan Chase & Co. is proud to support organizations around the world that work to build a better life for women. JPMorgan Chase works with its partners to create pathways to opportunity by supporting workforce development, financial capability, small business development and community development in the regions where it does business. The firm is a leading global financial services firm, with operations worldwide.




Mamie Gummer

 Award-winning actress Mamie Gummer is the Women's Refugee Commission’s Ambassador. She has a long list of film, TV and stage acting credits, including a recurring role on “The Good Wife.”


Mariatu for website


Mariatu Kamara

 Mariatu Kamara, a survivor of the brutal civil war in Sierra Leone, is a powerful voice and advocate for children affected by conflict. She was a Voices of Courage honoree in 2009.



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Women of the World is an international ensemble of musicians. Honoring global folk traditions, their repertoire spans music in 21 languages. They have performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall and at UN events.


Leading Sponsor

Martha Gallo

Principal Sponsors

Jocelyn Cunningham and Deloitte 

The Frances Lear Foundation 

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Liv Ullmann

Major Sponsors


Annabelle Bexiga

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Beth Daniels

Dina Dublon

Mimi Frankel

E. Carol Hayles

ICAP Information Services Inc.

Janine Luke

Chris McConnell

McKinsey & Company

Rukshan Mistry and Jason Sheesby

Katherine Renfrew

Susan F. Rice

Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP

Lily Safra

Eileen Serra

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank

Thomson Reuters

Tullett Prebon Information

Gillian Van Schaick

Visa Inc.

Marissa Wesely and Fred Hamerman



Sherrell Andrews

Mr. and Mrs. George Biddle

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Joy Bunson

Dick Cashin


Sarah Costa and David L. Phillips

Kathy Crost

Steve Cutler and Wendy Zimmerman

Elizabeth Dater

Pamela Dearden

Terence Dougherty

Ina R. Drew

Jodie Eastman

Jacqueline Esquivel

Anne Gundersen Foundation Trust and David Bohonnon, Trustee

Barbara Hack

Roberta Karp

Jurate Kazickas

Yong Kwok

Ruth Lazarus and Michael Feldberg

Marge Magner

Beth Maher

Laurie and Jay Mandelbaum

Judith Mayotte

Virginia A. Millhiser

Jane Olson

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Regina Peruggi

Eudora L. Richardson

Carolyn Revercomb

Diane Sinti

Margaret Smith

Sandra Sennett Tully

Christine Wasserstein

Barry L. & Jan R. Zubrow Foundation


Robert DeVecchi

Janet Dewar

Lisa and Joe Dimona

Linda D'Onofrio

Mary Ekmalian

Jennifer Elmlinger

Jaleh Fariborz

Phyllis Farley

Mary Farrell

Jo Ellen Finkel, MD

Helen Forster

Robin Fray

Gail Furman

Joan Gambro

Susan Geisenheimer

Valarie A. Gelb

Susan Harris

Paula K. Hawkins

Karen Olin Heimann

Lucile Herbert

Lori Hricik

Carol Hymowitz

Susan Jonas

Katherine Kim

Sarah Kovner

Gabrielle Kurlander

Geraldine Laybourne

Winston and Bette Lord

Mary Moran

Marilyn Nissenson

Wendy O'Donnell

Sheila Platt

Anna-Mary Portz

Leslie Rahl

Hazel M. Reitz

Karen Robilotta

Nancy Rubin and Miles Rubin

Ann M. Sarnoff

Dora Schriro

Catherine Shimony

Jo Singel

Nicki Tanner

Barbara Toll

Kate S. Tomlinson

Sara Greenwood Toner

Helen Torelli

Debbie Welch

Gregory White

Mary White


Host Committee

Dawn Calabia

Jocelyn Cunningham

Thao Huu Van Do 

Jodie Eastman

Mimi Frankel

Gail Furman

Martha Gallo

Barbara McIntyre Hack

Jurate Kazickas

Yong Kwok

Maggie Lear

Susan F. Martin

Judith Mayotte

Chris McConnell

David L. Phillips

David Pleasance

Hazel Reitz

Susan F. Rice

Diane Sinti

Debra Walton

Debbie Welch

Honorary Host Committee

H.E. Ms. Gillian Bird

Amb. Ms. Jeanne d’Arc Byaje

Mamie Gummer

H.E. Ms. Marjon V. Kamara

H.E. Mrs. Dina Kawar

Anne Le Charier

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

H.E. Ms. María Cristina Perceval

H.E. Mr. Guillermo Rishchynski

H.E. Mr. Paul Seger

H.E. Mr. Motohide Yoshikawa