Honorees receiving the IANGEL Rights & Leadership Award have achieved professional excellence in their field and have

  • made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of women’s rights;
  • exhibited courage in overcoming injustice and advancing gender equality;
  • opened doors for women to opportunities that historically were closed to them; and/or
  • shown dedication toward social justice and have used to advocacy and the rule of law to achieve their goals.

IANGEL bestows the Rights & Leadership Award annually at its Anniversary Gala in the early spring. 

In 2017, Kim Thuy Seelinger received IANGEL’s Rights and Leadership Award at its 4th Anniversary Gala Luncheon, which was held at the City Club of San Francisco on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2017. 

In 2016, Karima Bennoune, who has spent her career advocating and supporting democracy, equality, and human and gender rights and is the author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism was awarded the Rights & Leadership Award at IANGEL’s 3rd Anniversary Celebration, Acts of Courage – Seeds of Hope.

In 2015, IANGEL’s Rights & Leadership Award was conferred upon two honorees, Ioana Tchoukleva and Andrea Carlise at IANGEL’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration, Generations of Inspiration

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