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lifetime achievement award recipients

Each year, TIAW bestows the TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual TIAW Global Forum to recognize one woman who has truly made a difference in the lives of women.

Listed below are TIAW World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients: 2013 - 2020.


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  • 8 Oct 2005 6:24 AM | Anonymous

    Sally Armstrong is a Human Rights Activist, an Amnesty International award winner, a member of the Order of Canada, documentary filmmaker, teacher, author, and a contributing editor at Maclean’s magazine.

    Regularly receiving standing ovations, Sally Armstrong is a powerful and engaging speaker whose far-ranging career has given her a foundation for her message, which is inspirational for people in every walk of life.

    Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her awards, including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards foundation and the Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She received the Amnesty International Media Award in 2000 and again in 2002. Her most recent documentary works include They Fell From the Sky, and The Daughters of Afghanistan. Her book Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan was published by Penguin Books.

    Sally Armstrong is also the author of The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor; Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women; and her most recent title, Ascent of Women: Our turn, Our Way: A Remarkable Story of World-Wide Change.


  • 8 Oct 2004 6:24 AM | Anonymous

    Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997) and more recently United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. Born Mary Bourke in Ballina, County Mayo (1944), the daughter of two physicians, she was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School to which she won a fellowship in 1967.

  • 8 Oct 2003 6:23 AM | Anonymous

    Andrina Lever, a lawyer by training, is the founder and president of Lever Enterprises and acts as an advisor to major financial institutions and governments with respect to small business. She played a pivotal role in the organization of the first Canadian Businesswomen's Trade Mission to Washington DC in 1997. Andrina served as the Executive Director for the first Canada/USA Trade Summit for Businesswomen, another very important initiative.

    One of the founders of Women Leaders Network (WLN) that is part of the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC), involving governments of 21 countries. WLN was created as a means for women to impact the policies of these governments as they relate to women in Science & Academia, Government, Civil Society and Private Enterprise.

    In addition, Andrina has directly helped raise funds for the women of various countries to ensure they could hold WLN conferences when their turn came to host these important meetings.


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