The Global Virtual Event Honored Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka & Shantel Marekera
Equality Now, a leading international NGO dedicated to using the law to promote women’s equality, broadcast its virtual annual Make Equality Reality Gala to a global audience. This year’s gala honored Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women (2013-2021), and featured the fourth annual Changemaker Award presented by Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE to Zimbabwean girls’ rights activist Shantel Marekera. Each year, the gala raises money to support our team of human rights lawyers who protect and promote the rights of women and girls around the world
“Now, more than ever, our vision is set toward the future and toward the people who have the potential to change it: girls. But, every day, girls’ potential is threatened by gender-based violence, harmful practices, discrimination, and laws that treat them as second-class citizens” said Yasmeen Hassan, Global Executive Director of Equality Now. “This year’s gala presented a special opportunity for Equality Now and our supporters across the globe to come together to celebrate the tremendous potential of every girl to change the world and to work toward a future where every girl can fulfill that potential, because a better world for girls is a better world for all of us.”
The evening featured a unique program of art, advocacy, and entertainment to inspire activism –including a performance of a piece by playwright Katie Capiello entitled, Lankenua’s Story, and a spoken word performance by Marjan Naderi, former D.C. Youth Poet Laureate in honor of Afghan women and girls, as well as appearances by Tig Notaro, Melissa McCarthy, Jane Fonda, Debbie Allen, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Atwood, Jodie Turner-Smith, Paul Reiser, and more.
The evening’s Host Committee includes Margaret Atwood, Jane Fonda, Chandra Jessee, Karen Lehner, Janva Patel, Paula Ravets and Jennifer Allan Soros. For more information visit: https://www.equalitynow.org/gala_2021_cal or follow @equalitynow on Twitter and equalitynoworg on Instagram.