Two women who have changed the world through their courage, compassion and commitment will be honored at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 26th Annual Evening for Peace on Saturday, November 7th at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore.
The Evening for Peace honors remarkable leaders who pursue peace with integrity, persistence and heart. This year’s honorees are peace-builders who have provided the inspiration for the event’s theme – Women for Peace.“Women are central to achieving and maintaining peace. We need more women, such as those we are honoring, to be leaders in the quest for peace,” said Foundation President David Krieger.
Riane Eisler will receive the Foundation’s Distinguished Peace Leadership Award. As an author, social scientist and lawyer, she has been a pioneer in showing how women’s rights (and therefore human rights) are the building blocks of world peace. Her international bestseller, The Chalice and the Blade, outlines the need for a cultural transformation, moving from the politics of dominance to the practice of partnership. She was named as one of the world 20 Great Peacemakers and serves as President of the Center for Partnership Studies and as a Councilor on the World Future Council.
Judith Mayotte will receive the Foundation’s World Citizenship Award. A true humanitarian, she worked as a nun in the inner-cities of America helping people at the margins of society. After leaving her order, she became a television producer, winning an Emmy for her work on the Portrait of America series in 1986; and later served as a special advisor to the Clinton administration on refugee matters. She is featured as one of the Smithsonian Museum’s 100 Everyday Freedom Heroes. She now teaches in South Africa as a visiting professor at the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre and The University of the Western Cape.
Sponsorship opportunities for the event are available, including sponsoring young women and students to attend the Evening for Peace. The no-host reception will be held at 6 p.m. and the dinner at 7 p.m.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation initiates and supports worldwide efforts to abolish nuclear weapons, to strengthen international law and institutions, and to inspire and empower a new generation of peace leaders. Founded in 1982, the Foundation is comprised of individuals and organizations worldwide who realize the imperative for peace in the Nuclear Age. The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan international education and advocacy organization. It has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is recognized by the UN as a Peace Messenger Organization.
For more information about the event or sponsorship, please contact Director of Public Affairs, Steven Crandell at (805) 965-3443 or click here to email.