Jane Fonda, Laurie MacDonald, Walter Parkes and Jaha Dukureh Selected for Equality Now Honors

From left: Jane Fonda; Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald; Jaha Dukureh

The annual Make Equality Reality benefit is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills and will honor those making notable changes to the international women's rights landscape.

Actress and activist Jane Fonda, along with female genital mutilation survivor-activist Jaha Dukureh and He Named Me Malala producers Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes will be the four humanitarians honored at this year's Make Equality Reality gala, it was announced Tuesday.

"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," said Fonda of the international human-rights organization's efforts around the world.

"The mission of Equality Now is more urgent now than ever," added MacDonald and Parkes, noting that its "activism and advocacy [have] 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."

Past honorees include Salma Hayek, Joss Whedon and Gloria Steinem, with the latter two on the honorary host committee alongside Mario Bello, Michele and Rob Reiner, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson.

Equality Now is dedicated to ensuring that women and girls around the world are able to live their lives free of violence and discrimination through legal advocacy and activism. Held at the Montage Beverly Hills, the third annual fundraising event's committee co-chairs include Gloria Steinem, Sue Smalley, Susan Hassan and Paula Ravets.

More information about the event can be found here.

 

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