IWHC's 2011 Gala: Strong Women, Healthy Communities

“Women need to stand up for other women… This is the way it should be. Until every woman and every young person can stand up for themselves and lead just and healthy lives, our work is not done and we cannot go back to the comfort of our silence.”

-Ishita Chaudhry, founder of the YP  Foundation and speaker at IWHC’s 11th annual gala (pictured with IWHC President Adrienne Germain)

This past Tuesday February 8th, IWHC held its 11th annual gala event at 583 park Avenue in New York City. The theme was “Strong women: healthy communities”. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health and the evening’s nominee, spoke passionately and optimistically about IWHC’s mission and work:

“IWHC is creating a climate in which it is not tolerable—or less tolerable, at least—to accept gender inequality as a matter of course. That means that anybody who fights for gender equity in the field, whatever their field is—United States, Afghanistan, Haiti, you name it—you  make our lives easier. You make our lives better. You make us more effective.”

And later, when addressing IWHC’s mission statement of working to realize every woman’s right to a just and healthy life, Dr. Farmer remarked:

“I just want to thank you for letting me be part, to bathe in the light of a statement like that because I believe in it with all my heart. I don’t see, in fact, how we can advance our work without embracing such bold, if simple, principles.”

We were also joined by our partner Ishita Chaudhry, the founder of the YP Foundation, a youth led and run movement for social change in India. Ishita spoke of her work to support and enable young people to create programs and influence policies at all levels, in the areas of gender, sexuality, health, education, the arts, and governance.

New York Social Diary covered the gala, and published more photos of the event as part of their wrap up on fundraising galas. The gala was also featured in Guest of a Guest. Scroll below for more photos of the event!



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