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,” said 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,” said 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,” added 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 Mario Bello, Christine Lahti, Bethany Joy Lenz, Kathy Najimy, Michele & Rob Reiner, Paul Reiser, Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson, and Joss Whedon.
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