An Evening Celebrating the Champions of Gender Equality at The 2023 Equality Now Gala
The city that never sleeps once again played host to a magnificent evening dedicated to celebrating progress in gender equality. Last night, the iconic Guastavino's in New York City was alive with luminaries, artists, and champions of change, all gathered for the 2023 Equality Now Make Equality Reality Gala.
The Night's Honoree: Rupi Kaur
In the heart of Manhattan, the spotlight shone brightest on Poet, Activist, and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, Rupi Kaur. Recognized for her tireless efforts in advocating for women's rights, Rupi was honored with the 6th Annual Changemaker Award, presented by Gucci CHIME for Gender Equality.
Her words echoed the sentiments of many: "This award is not merely a recognition of my journey but also a celebration of every voice advocating for equality."
An Ensemble of Remarkable Performances
The gala was not just about awards; it was a vibrant blend of inspiration and entertainment. A standout moment was Rupi Kaur's own performance that left many in awe. Complementing her were the comedic interludes by Amy Schumer, who joined virtually, and Aasif Mandvi. Destiny Rogers, Maysoon Zayid, and Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh added musical magic to the night.
Maria Ressa, the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, provided some profound keynote remarks that resonated with the gathering, emphasizing the strides made in women's rights and the journey that still lies ahead.
A Salute to International Day of the Girl Child
The timing of the gala couldn't have been more poignant, aligning with the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11th. This day is a global commitment to addressing the challenges faced by girls and ensuring their empowerment. It's a testament to Equality Now's vision, a leading international women's rights organization that champions legal protection and promotion of women's and girls' rights.
The venue was abuzz with noted personalities like Gloria Steinem, Christine Lahti, Kathy Najimy, and many more. Their presence signified the collective endeavor of various spheres of society working together to make gender equality a tangible reality.
Reflecting on the Work of Equality Now
Established in 1992, Equality Now has been at the forefront of protecting and promoting women's and girls' rights globally. For over three decades, they've tackled barriers, challenged cultural assumptions, and been the beacon of hope for many. Collaborating with Gucci CHIME, Goldman Sachs Gives, and more highlights the collective effort to instigate meaningful change in partnership.
The 2023 Equality Now Make Equality Reality Gala was not just an event; it was a statement. A statement that we're moving in the right direction, but there's still much to be achieved. As Mona Sinha, Global Executive Director of Equality Now, rightly said, "2.4 billion women of working age still do not have the same legal rights as men." But with determination, patience, and partnership, a gender-equal world isn't just a dream; it's a future reality.
PHOTO CREDIT: Bennett Raglin/ Sean Zanni | Getty Images for Equality Now
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