2015 Lotus Leadership Awards

On June 3, The Asia Foundation’s Lotus Circle honored journalist and author Sheryl WuDunn, and Dr. Ranjana Kumari, a leader in the women’s rights movement in India, at the fifth annual Lotus Leadership Awards in New York City, for their contributions to the well-being of women and girls in Asia. Ms. WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, and co-author of Half the Sky, on the oppression and trafficking of women, was honored for raising awareness about challenges women face, including gender-based violence. Dr. Kumari received a Lotus Award for her efforts to create a gender just society. She directs the Centre for Social Research, a non-profit whose landmark efforts to change police attitudes towards women in India include placing one woman officer in every police station in the country.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch, The Estée Lauder Companies, and Vista Equity Partners are Golden Benefactors of this year’s Awards. Bravia Capital; Ernst & Young; General Electric; Kirkland & Ellis; and Morgan Stanley are Benefactors. Citi Private Bank is a Patron.