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Asia Initiatives
yue-sai kan, Ban Ki-moon

 The Eighth United Nations (UN) Secretary General ,
Ban Ki-moon

 presented the
 Award For Women’s Empowerment

Yue-Sai Kan.


Asia Initiatives (AI),

 an international nonprofit organization that leverages social capital to promote sustainable development,  hosted its 16th Annual Gala
 at the New York Athletic Club.

During the event,
 the eighth United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
 presented the Award For Women’s Empowerment
 Gloria Steinem,
 Eva Haller
Yue-Sai Kan.

The award was instituted in Mr. Ban’s name to honor the Secretary General’s important contributions to women’s issues, including his role in the creation of the UN Women department, the establishment of the first High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and his work reducing the gender wage gap within the UN itself, increasing the number of women
in senior management by over 40 percent.

“It is such an honor for me to be able to properly recognize these amazing women. During my tenure as Secretary General, I always worked to make women’s empowerment a top priority and I can see that Asia Initiatives is carrying on that legacy” Mr. Ban said.

Gloria Steinem
has been a icon of the American feminist movement since the seventies. She founded Ms. Magazine in 1972, co-founded New York Magazine, travels extensively to give lectures and serves as a frequent media spokesperson for feminist issues. Steinem’s recently published memoir, My Life On the Road,
is a New York Times Bestseller.

Eva Haller
 is a Hungarian-American philanthropist. She participated in the Hungarian resistance movement in World War II as a young girl and now serves as a mentor on the boards of numerous nonprofits, including AI, Women For Women International, Free the Children and the Jane Goodall Institute.

Yue-Sai Kan

 is an entrepreneur and Emmy-winning Chinese American television producer and host, hailed by People Magazine as the ‘most famous woman in China.’

She is extensively involved in humanitarian efforts to build libraries and schools for underserved communities in China and
 serves as a ‘Say Yes’ Ambassador to the UN.

“This evening  celebrated the breakthrough accomplishments of these three women as well as the hard work of women and families lifting themselves out of poverty.

"The Gala honored Mr. Ban and our awardees, but we will also honor the hope and tenacity of thousands of women who participate in our projects,”
Geeta Mehta, AI President and co-founder, said.

 Asia Initiatives:
Asia Initiatives is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization headquartered in New York and founded in 1999. AI has implemented its innovative Social Capital Credits (SoCCs) method in India, Kenya, Ghana and the United States. SoCCs are a revolutionary currency for social good that empower communities to take leadership in their own development. Thousands of women and their families have benefited from AI programs, from rural farmers in Maharashtra, to unemployed women in Washington DC, to market vendors in Ghana


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