Friends of UNFPA Lifetime Achievement Award for the Health and Dignity of Women

The Friends of UNFPA Lifetime Achievement Award shines the spotlight on inspirational leadership and commitment to the health and rights of women. It is presented to iconic philanthropists whose stature gives the prestige it deserves on the world stage. Past honorees include: Mary D. Lindsay and Ted Turner.

Friends of UNFPA (formerly Americans for UNFPA) created this awards program to bring attention to the heroes who lead by example and champion philanthropy and activism to improve the lives of women.

UNFPA works in more than 150 countries to provide women’s health care and promotes the rights of women. Americans for UNFPA builds moral, political and financial support for the work of UNFPA within the United States.

2012 Winner of the Lifetime Achievment Award

Florence Hasletine   Florence P. Haseltine, Ph.D., M.D.
   Director Emerita, Center for Population Research
   National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
   National Institute of Health;
   Founder, Society for Women’s Health Research and
   Journal of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Medicine

   Dr. Florence Haseltine, an obstetrician and gynecologist trained in reproductive endocrinology and genetics, has dedicated her life and career to the advancement of women’s health and rights. She received a medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, did her residency at Boston Hospital for Women and was on the faculty at Yale University School of Medicine. For 27 years, she served as the director of the Center for Population Research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

  During her residency, she wrote of her personal and professional experience, which she published as Woman Doctor, revealing the level of gender bias against women in the medical profession during the 1960s and 1970s.

  In 1990, she founded and was the first president of the Society for Women’s Health Research. Through prominent media members and high federal officials, Dr. Haseltine raised awareness to how women’s health research had been generally overshadowed by research on male populations. She was instrumental in influencing public policy and the funding of medical research to include women in critical clinical trials, saving countless lives.

She is now helping to develop educational and interactive apps, including The Embryo App, which enables users to learn human embryology from images of actual embryos from the world-renowned Carnegie Collection of Embryology and provides a valuable reference to developmental biologists conducting research on normal human development.

Friends of UNFPA is honored to present Dr. Florence Haseltine with its 2012 Friends of UNFPA Lifetime Achievement Award for the Health and Dignity of Women and Girls for her influential contributions in the field of women’s health and her unwavering advocacy for the equality and advancement of women in society.


2007 Winner of the Lifetime Achievment Award

Chair, Turner Enterprises, Inc.

In 1997, Ted Turner pledged $1 billion to the United Nations through the United Nations Foundation. His gift funds maternal and reproductive health care, life skills training and economic opportunity for women in the most low-income areas of the world, and fuels a new spirit in international philanthropy.

Turner founded the first all-news, 24-hour cable network, CNN, and created the Turner Broadcasting System, TBS. He also gained notoriety as owner of the Atlanta Braves and as an accomplished yachtsman. Today, he chairs Turner Enterprises, Inc., a private company that manages his business interests and investments, including oversight of two million acres of land and 45,000 bison.

His philanthropic commitments, through the Turner Foundation, Captain Planet Foundation and Turner Endangered Species Fund, improve water and air quality, develop sustainable energy sources, restore wildlife habitats, and empower children to protect the environment. Turner launched the Nuclear Threat Initiative to reduce the global threat of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Turner was six when the United Nations was formed and remembers being inspired by its goal of international cooperation. His gift to promote the UN is the largest single donation to the UN and has generated momentum worldwide to support vital health care and services for women. Turner’s contribution has ensured the health and dignity of women for generations to come.


2006 Winner of the Lifetime Achievment Award

Founder, Friends of UNFPA (formerly Americans for UNFPA

Before founding Friends of UNFPA (formerly Americans for UNFPA), Mary D. Lindsay spent more than 50 years fighting for the right of women to determine whether and when to have children. She began her career in nursing, drawn by the wartime demand. In 1963, she accompanied her husband, a lawyer and then head of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, to Chile—one of many countries where family planning was illegal and women paid the price. The experience fueled her life’s work.

As early as 1994, Lindsay saw that the waning support from the United States government for the work of UNFPA was a trend. By the time the U.S. began withholding funds, Lindsay and others had already generated allies and established an official country committee for UNFPA. Through the creation of Americans for UNFPA, she determined to prove that, though the U.S. government would not contribute, U.S. citizens would.

A born activist, Lindsay volunteered on the boards of hospitals and trained health care volunteers while raising her four children. Over the years, she has brought her leadership to the boards for Planned Parenthood of New York City and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Pathfinder International and Columbia School of Nursing.

We are privileged to recognize Lindsay for a lifetime commitment to the health and dignity of women. The muscle and momentum she brings to all her projects astonishes us.