LWV of Orange Coast Awarded
by: Kathleen Montgomery
Think Globally, Act Locally!
We are delighted to report that the League of Women Voters of Orange Coast was honored on October 24, 2020, with the Local Leader - Global Goals Award, presented by the United Nations Association of Orange County. The award was presented at the UNA-OC's virtual event recognizing the 75th anniversary of the UN, "Shaping Our Future Together." We feel especially honored to receive the award this year, the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of 19th amendment to the Constitution.
Coast League and UNA-OC work to foster the intersecting missions of both organizations. In August 2020, Kathleen Montgomery, Director of International Relations for Coast League, presented a talk at the UNA-OC monthly gathering on the relationship between LWVUS and the UN through the years and the League's commitment to Human Rights, including having a voice in drafting the UN's 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She also spoke on the links between Human Rights and Elections.
Following her talk, UNA-OC distributed over 1000 copies of the 2019-2020 Briefing Book on Human Rights: Synergy Between Positions of the League of Women Voters (LWVUS) and United Nations Human Rights Conventions. Kathleen was joined on this publication by other League authors, Jill Follows (VA), Savanna Mapelli (PA), Sheila Denn (NC), ErinLeigh Darnley (NY), Anu Sahai (VA), and Susan Sherer (PA). For more information and to request a copy, please contact the Human Rights Special Interest Group at humanrights.sig [at] gmail.com.