2015 CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awardees

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 News Anchor

 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.

 Executive Director
 National Center for Lesbian Rights

 CEDAW Award for Leadership

 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.”

 Board Member
 Board of Equalization | District 2

 Claire Joyce Tempongko Memorial  Award

 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.

 President & CEO
 Global Fund for Women

 CEDAW Award for International  Comity

 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.


 KRISHANTI DHARMARAJ  Executive Director                    Center for Women's Global  Leadership

 CEDAW Award for Legacy

 Krishanti Dharmaraj has over 25 years  of experience working to advance the human rights of  women and girls. She is the Executive Director of  the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University.  Ms. Dharmaraj is the founder of  the Dignity Index, a human rights measurement tool utilized to ensure equity and equality to reduce discrimination. 

Previously, Ms. Dharmaraj was the Western Regional Spokesperson for Amnesty International USA. She is also the co-founder of  WILD for Human Rights (Women’s Institute for Leadership Development), the Sri Lanka Children’s Fund and Children’s Fund for Peace.

Under her leadership, San Francisco became the first city in the U.S. to pass legislation implementing in international human rights treaty. She also initiated the US Human Rights Network with a current membership of  over 450 organizations, and led an international delegation of  35 advocates to the World Conference against Racism in Durban, Durban South Africa. She has received numerous awards for her cutting-edge work, and has conducted trainings and lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Ms. Dharmaraj is on the Board of  Directors of  IDEX and a Trustee of  the North East Women’s Network in Sri Lanka.

 Senator SD11
 California Senate

 CEDAW Award for Government

 Mark Leno was elected to the California Senate in 2008. He currently represents the 11th Senate District of  California, which includes San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City and portions of South San Francisco. Senator Leno chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. From 2002-2008, Senator Leno served in the California State Assembly, representing the 13th District, which encompasses the eastern portion of San Francisco. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served for four and a half  years on the San Francisco Board of  Supervisors. During his tenure in the Legislature, Senator Leno has fought for better schools and access to higher education, foster youth, a cleaner and sustainable environment, single-payer universal health care, improved transportation, renewable energy, safer streets and equal rights for all Californians.

A native of  Wisconsin, Senator Leno attended the University of  Colorado at Boulder, then went on to become valedictorian of  his graduating class at the American College of  Jerusalem, where he earned his Bachelor of  Arts Degree. He also spent two years in Rabbinical Studies at The Hebrew Union College in New York. Senator Leno is the owner of  Budget Signs, Inc., a small business he founded in 1978 and operated with his life partner, Douglas Jackson. Together, the two entrepreneurs steadily grew their sign business until Jackson passed away from complications relating to HIV/AIDS in 1990. This deep loss would not deter Leno. Instead, he redoubled his efforts in community service.

 CEO & Founder
 Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions

 CEDAW Award  for Entrepreneurship

 Dr. Tae Yun Kim is the CEO and Founder  of Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions which  she launched in 1982 in the Silicon Valley. Dr. Kim continues to drive Lighthouse to create innovative new products making Lighthouse the leader in environmental monitoring systems and particle measurement devices. Her company was also awarded the “Best Place to Work” in San Francisco/Silicon Valley for 2 years in a row.

She is the first female to train in taekwondo, to receive a black belt and to become a master in Korea. A modern day warrior, Dr. Kim still teaches the ancient principles of  Ki Energy at her martial arts academy where students overcome their challenges and achieve success. Dr. Kim was called the Hope of  the Country by the President of  South Korea because she inspired the Korean people during the International Monetary Fund (IMF) crisis in 2001.

Today, she continues to motivate people to achieve their dreams. Speaking internationally, Dr. Tae Yun Kim is a motivational lecturer and an accomplished author with books in over 20 different languages. With an inspiring life story that others can use as a roadmap for their own unique success stories, Dr. Tae Yun Kim is a true Icon of  Success with her message: “He Can Do, She Can Do, Why Not Me!”


 Executive Director
 Port of San Francisco

 CEDAW Award for Community  Building

 Monique Moyer is the Executive Director of  the Port of  San Francisco, an appointment of  former Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004. She serves at the pleasure of Mayor Edwin Lee and a 5-member Port Commission. Ms. Moyer is the second woman to serve as Executive Director in the Port’s 152-year history and one of  only 3 female port directors nationwide (out of  85). Ms. Moyer is the longest-serving Port Director since the Port transferred to the City & County of  San Francisco in 1969. She manages a staff of  250 and a combined operating and capital budget of  $101 million. In addition, she sits on the nonprofit boards of the Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition, the Foundation of  the Fine Arts Museums, and is Chairwoman of  the California Association of  Port Authorities.

Previously, she served as the City’s Director of  Public Finance under Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. (1997-2004). In addition to managing the City’s $2 billion municipal debt portfolio, Ms. Moyer represented Mayor Brown at CalPERS, the United Airlines bankruptcy and numerous other issues of  financial complexity.

In 2002, Ms. Moyer proudly received the San Francisco Chamber of  Commerce Public Managerial Leadership Award. From 2005-2011 she was named annually as one of  the San Francisco Business Times’ 150 Influential Women in Business and became “Ever Influential” in 2012. In 2013, Ms. Moyer was inducted into the Northern California Real Estate Women of  Influence Hall of  Fame and humbly received San Francisco Travel’s Silver Cable Car Award in recognition of  her significant contribution to San Francisco’s visitor industry. In 2014, she was recognized by the Building Owners Management Association as their Public Official of  the Year.

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