Organization to Honor Jaha Dukureh, Jane Fonda, and Laurie MacDonald & Walter Parkes at Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills on December 5, 2016
Gloria Steinem, Sue Smalley PhD, Susan Hassan, and Paula Ravets PhD will serve as Co-Chairs
Beverly Hills, CA (October 18, 2016) – Equality Now, the international human rights organization dedicated to women’s and girls’ rights, is pleased to announce that it will honor four powerhouses for change at the third “Make Equality Reality” fundraising gala: Jaha Dukureh (Equality Now partner, female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor activist, and TIME 100 honoree), Jane Fonda (two-time Academy Award® winning actress, activist, and Equality Now Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Advisory Board Member), and Laurie MacDonald & Walter Parkes (award winning film producers of “He Named Me Malala”). The fundraising gala will return to the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for the third time, on Monday, December 5th . The event will bring together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, celebrities and philanthropists to honor women making extraordinary changes to the women’s rights landscape. Past honorees include, Joss Whedon, Gloria Steinem and Salma Hayek.
"The work that Equality Now has done for adolescent girls around the world has been life-changing - not only for the girl herself, but for the society that she lives in. I am delighted to receive this honor and stand alongside them as they continue to do this vital work,” Jane Fonda.
"I've worked alongside Equality Now since the age of 15 and to receive this honor in LA is nothing short of extraordinary," Jaha Dukureh, Founder, Safe Hands for Girls.
"The mission of Equality Now is more urgent now than ever -- their activism and advocacy has already changed the lives of so many women and girls around the globe, which is why we are so deeply honored to be a part of this event," Laurie MacDonald & Walter Parkes
The event committee co-chairs are Gloria Steinem, Sue Smalley PhD, Susan Hassan, and Paula Ravets PhD. The honorary host committee is comprised of Maria Bello, Sarah Brokaw, Janie Bryant, Goapele, Maggie Grace, Judy Hofflund & Tom Hansen, Christine Lahti, Bethany Joy Lenz, Kathy Najimy, Aubrey Plaza, Michele & Rob Reiner, Paul Reiser, Meg Ryan, Jazmyn Simon & Dulé Hill, Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson, Joss Whedon and Daphne Zuniga.
Tickets are available via: www.equalitynow.org/gala-2016-make-equality-reality
About Equality Now
Founded in 1992, Equality Now is an international human rights organization dedicated to ensuring that women and girls around the world can live their lives free from violence and discrimination. Combining grassroots activism with international, regional and national legal advocacy, we envision a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights. Our issue areas encompass Legal Equality, Justice for Girls, and Ending Female Genital Mutilation, Sex Trafficking and Sexual Violence. The organization has partners and supporters in almost every country in the world. www.equalitynow.org.
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