Celebrating Our Champions of Change for Gender Equality

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An enthusiastic audience of 275 attended our Champions of Change for Gender Equality Awards Ceremony and Annual Meeting on May 18, 2018, at the SVA Theatre. We were delighted to have Laura Brounstein, from Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines as our emcee. Laura is a strong feminist and speaks internationally about millennials, women and power. 

As part of the event, we honored Champions of Change in recognition of the chapter’s 30th anniversary year. These Metro New York-based champions were honored for achievements in women’s economic and political empowerment, peace and security, gender-based violence, and work on impacting public advocacy and the media. Each group was presented by a person who had benefited from one of the programs, and included Valentin Camano for advocacy, Jacqueline EBanks for economic empowerment, Pei Fong Kuo for gender-based violence, Olivia Tumanjong for media, and The Honorable Helen Rosenthal for political engagement, peace and security.  

The audience was inspired by the music of TrevMoMatic, led in dance by Emmy-winner Mickela Mallozzi and energized by 12 drummers from Batalá NY, an all-female samba percussion band. Special thanks to Stephanie Bruder, our programming chair for all her efforts in planning the event, Melatan Riden our executive creative designer and to our marketing and social media teams for their success in promoting the event on our webpage and social media. Thanks to a generous donation from, Abaynesh Asrat, we served global hors d'oeuvres from restaurants Zoma, NYC, Zaika NYC and Amish Market. We appreciate the support of the SVA Theatre, SVA Social Documentary Program, Flying Giant Productions, Village Print and Media, LaBelle Winery and Sipp Sparkling Organics.   

You can read more about our Champions of Change here

Mikki Brammer