A number of stars will be present to help Women for Women International celebrate five years in the UK at a special gala event in London tonight, May 5.

Annie Lennox will be honored with a Making A Difference Award, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor will perform. MC for the night will be Pamela Stephenson (wife of Billy Connolly), and guests will include fashion designer Alice Temperley from Temperley London, supermodel Natalia Vodianova, musician and designer Pamela Hogg, Film Director Hugh Hudson, architect Zaha Hadid, Jewellery Designer, Pippa Small, Joan and Simon Burstein, actress Rosamund Pike, Sophie Turner-Laing, MD Entertainment and News, Sky, maker of Bond films Barbara Broccoli, actress Cherie Lunghi, TV presenter and singer Claire Richards, Swarovski Creative Director Nadja Swarovski, artist Jenny Saville and Women for Women’s founder; award-winning human-rights activist Zainab Salbi.

The Live auction and pledges will be conducted by Lord Dalmeny, Sotheby’s UK Deputy Chairman, and Karak Mayik – Women for Women International Country Director for Sudan – will attend to talk about the impact of the charities work.

Women in areas of conflict are often abused, traumatised and lose their children, husbands, homes and their communities. Women for Women is a grassroots organisation helping women to rebuild their lives through a one year programme of counseling, training, education, rights awareness and business skills, so women can support themselves and their families and help with the rebuilding of their countries.

The Gala is an opportunity to raise awareness of Women For Women’s work and badly needed funds, so it can support thousands more women in war-torn countries.

The event starts with a cocktail reception at 6:30pm, with dinner at 8pm. The gala will be held at Banqueting House, London (Whitehall).

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