CEDAW Award for Media
Cherly Jennings' work has taken her around the world to Mexico, Kosovo (twice), Afghanistan, South Africa, Korea, Israel and the West Bank. She traveled with CARE, International twice to see programs in the Balkans that help girls and women lift their war torn countries out of poverty.
Ms. Jennings moderated panels on human trafficking and has done stories about that terrible crime. Her work also includes stories ranging from child abuse, child sexual abuse, domestic violence,women in prison for killing their abusers, children of war, and landmine removal.
She started at ABC7/KGO TV in 1979 as the night reporter and worked her way to the anchor desk and host of “Beyond the Headlines.” The story that will stay with her forever is the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake when she was the first local reporter on the air, within 10 minutes after it happened. ABC had been covering the World Series game at the time with a live camera on a Blimp flying over San Francisco. Her station’s generators kicked in, while other stations couldn’t get on the air right away. ABC7/KGO TV led the bay area coverage and after it was all over, the station received hundreds of thank you letters from viewers. That’s when she truly understood how vital television is in providing public service. Her news team was honored with two of the highest awards in broadcasting: the George Foster Peabody Award for coverage of the Loma Prieta earthquake and the Radio Television News Directors Association Edward R. Murrow Award for the earthquake of ‘89 coverage.
In 2003, Ms. Jennings co-founded a program to remove landmines in war torn countries named the “Roots of Peace Children’s Penny Campaign.” Bay Area school children helped raise 50 million pennies to remove landmines in Afghanistan. The money also helped build two schools there and repair four others. The campaign is expanding to Israel and the West Bank and Vietnam.
Cheryl Jennings is a six time “Gracie” winner, the award for excellence recognized by the National Alliance of Women in Media. Locally, her work has been recognized by the Northern California Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with multiple Emmys and the “Governor’s Award.” 2013 marked a milestone for Ms. Jennings anchoring the 5pm news for 25 years. She’s been told that is a record for a woman in this market. It’s hard for her to believe and she is grateful that viewers have placed their trust in her for so long.
CEDAW Award for Leadership
KATE KENDELL, ESQ.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Kate Kendell, Esq. leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.
In 1994 she accepted the position as Legal Director with the National Center for Lesbian Rights and made the move to San Francisco. In 1996, Ms. Kendell was named as NCLR’s Executive Director. In that capacity, she assists in the development of litigation and strategy, and is responsible for all aspects of agency operation. She is also responsible for executing a broad and forward thinking vision around policy and project initiatives.
Ms. Kendell acts as the primary spokesperson on behalf of NCLR to the media. She has appeared in hundreds of media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Good Morning America, CNN, and dozens of online blogs. Kate is also a visible and vibrant social media voice.
She lives in San Francisco with her spouse and their children. Her favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson is “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Claire Joyce Tempongko Memorial Award
HON. FIONA MA, CPA
Board of Equalization | District 2
As an Assemblywoman, Ms. Ma, was appointed Chairwoman of the Select Committee on Domestic Violence (2006-2012), where she raised awareness about teen dating violence and violence in the LGBT community; made it easier for judges to issue restraining orders; and helped re-allocate $16.3 million to prevent domestic violence shelters from closing throughout the state.
In her last two years in the Assembly, Ms. Ma, worked closely with “Sin By Silence” advocates on AB 593 and AB 1593 to give older incarcerated women, who were subjected to years of abuse from their husbands and/or partners, another chance to present their case under the newer “intimate partner battering (IPB)” defense and require a detailed report by the Parole Board when denying parole for these women. In honor of her tireless work on behalf of victims and survivors, Ms. Ma has received numerous awards by Crime Victims United, Su Casa, CA Partnership to End Domestic Violence, My Sister’s House, and Women, Inc.
Ms. Ma received her B.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), her M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University (SF), and an MBA from Pepperdine University. She has been licensed in California as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1992.
CEDAW Award for International Comity
DR. MUSIMBI KANYORO
President & CEO
Global Fund for Women
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, the world’s largest public foundation focused exclusively on women and girls rights and gender equality. With its focus on zero violence, economic and political empowerment and sexual and reproductive health and rights, Global Fund for Women has supported more than 5,000 women’s rights organizations, including small groups in hard-to-access places serving highly marginalized populations. These organizations have helped end civil wars, get female Presidents elected, secure new laws and create new financial and economic institutions. Since becoming CEO/President, Global Fund for Women surpassed the $100 million mark in grantmaking.
As Director of the Population Program at the Packard Foundation, Dr. Kanyoro spearheaded efforts to include girl’s education and women’s leadership in Packard’s grantmaking. She was the first non-white woman to be appointed as general secretary of the World YWCA in Geneva, Switzerland.
A true global citizen, Dr. Kanyoro has traveled and lived extensively in Africa, and Europe. She is a sought after speaker and thought leader for media, government, advocacy and NGOs. Dr. Kanyoro serves on several international boards and working groups including the Aspen Leaders Council, the UN High level Taskforce for Reproductive Health and the boards of CARE and UN Women Civil Society Advisory Board.