Filipina Women's Network FROM THE FWN BOARD
Dear Friend,

We are deeply saddened and still in shock at the passing of San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee. Mayor Lee was a great friend to the Filipina Women's Network. For many years, when we held the Filipina Summit in San Francisco, he welcomed our members and FWN100 awardees with open arms to his beloved City.
Our love and prayers are with his loving wife, First Lady Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, his family and friends. His passing is a great loss for San Francisco and for FWN.

Mayor Lee advocated Filipino American issues important to the FilAm community. He championed projects that could improve our lives and deeply cared for our concerns and what could be done better.

Under Mayor Lee’s leadership—
  • In November 2013, when Typhoon Haiyan, hit Tacloban City, Marily Mondejar’s hometown, Mayor Lee swiftly mobilized the City and Friends of the City to support the numerous fundraisers to help the families of those who were devastated by this extremely powerful and deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, killing at least 6,300 people.
  • In April 2014, he signed the ordinance certifying Tagalog as the third official language of San Francisco. This ordinance requires city departments that interact with the public to provide translated materials, interpreters at public meetings and other services.
  • He increased the appointments and re-appointments of Filipino Americans in multiple boards and commissions. Appointed Hydra Mendoza, the Mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Equity; Marily Mondejar to the Redistricting Task Force and the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure, the Successor Agency to the San Francisco Redevelopment Commission.
  • This year, he approved funding to retire the loans of the San Francisco Filipino Cultural Center and convened a Mayor Staff Team to ensure the sustainability of the center.
  • He signed the unanimous resolution approved by the Board of Supervisors creating San Francisco’s Filipino Town, SOMA Pilipinas, in 2016.
  • He took a stand as a proponent of San Francisco’s 27-year-old sanctuary city policy, declaring "San Francisco is and always will be a sanctuary city" and that he will not allow its immigrant residents “to live in fear”. “We stand by our sanctuary city because we want everybody to feel safe and utilize the services they deserve, including education and health care ... It is my obligation to keep our city united, keep it strong ... crime doesn’t know documentation. Disease doesn’t know documentation.” 
  • A fierce advocate to end violence against women, he gave his full support and sponsorship to convene One Billion Rising (OBR) with lead convenors—V-Day and Filipina Women’s Network at San Francisco City Hall for three consecutive years (2013-2015). The OBR dance rallies raised awareness to end rape and sexual violence against women and were attended by thousands of women.
  • He gave his full support to the creation of the comfort women memorial, an important initiative of the Comfort Women Justice Coalition of which FWN is a founding member. The memorial was unveiled in September 2017.
Mayor Lee, a man from humble beginnings — a son of immigrants who lived in public housing — broke historic barriers, getting elected twice becoming the first Asian-American Mayor of San Francisco. He made us believe that you can succeed no matter your ethnic background.

We will miss you, Mayor Lee. You have accomplished much. You may rest now.

A grateful city celebrates the life of The Honorable Edwin Mah Lee, 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco this weekend. The Lying In State of Mayor Lee will be held today Friday, December 15 from 8am to 7pm and his Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 17 at 3pm. Both services will be held at San Francisco City Hall and are open to the public.

If you are in the SF/Bay Area, please join us as we honor our friend Mayor Ed Lee.

In sisterhood,

Marily Mondejar and FWN Board

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The Filipina Women's Network (FWN) is a San Francisco based non-profit international advocacy organization that seeks to increase the power of Filipina women as leaders and policy makers at all levels in corporate, government, institutions and community organizations to achieve economic and social justice and women’s rights.

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About the Global FWN100™ Awards

The Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award™ recognizes Filipina women who are influencing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their leadership, achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. The awardees are asked to femtor a young Pinay through the FemtorMatch initiative and bring her to the Filipina Summit.

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About the Filipina Leadership Global Summit14th Filipina Leadership Global Summit logo

The Summit brings together Filipina women global leaders, influencers, thinkers and public figures for discussions, learning journeys, “kwentuhan strategies” on how to succeed as multi-cultural professionals and private chats to ignite cooperation through public and private partnerships. 

The high-powered gathering is a vital part of FWN’s Pinay Power 2020 Mission: A Filipina leader in every sector of the economy. It is the leading forum of its kind in the Filipina global community, which inspires a renewed understanding of the Filipino culture’s emerging influence as a community.

The summit raises funds for FWN’s programs that foster the Filipina women’s socio-economic, political and educational advancement in addition to raising awareness of FWN’s pipeline development of qualified next generation leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the “C-suite” position.

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