Join us Tuesday October 25 for our Annual Gala

Join us for our 2016 Gala to benefit and celebrate the rights of women worldwide.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016  6:30 p.m.

The Appel Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center New York

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende Honoree

Renowned Author (Chile) ›

Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Isabel’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world. She has since written twenty more works. Isabel is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

In addition to her work as a writer, Isabel devotes much of her time to human rights. Following the death of her daughter, Paula, in 1992, she established a charitable foundation in Paula’s honor dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women and children worldwide. The Isabel Allende Foundation is guided by a vision of a world in which women have achieved economic and social justice. In service of this vision, the Foundation supports nonprofits that provide vulnerable women and children access to reproductive rights, healthcare, education, and protection from violence.

Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter Honoree

Documentary Filmmaker Trapped

Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose films include “Gideon’s Army” (2013, HBO) “Spies of Mississippi” (2014, PBS) and “Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper” (2015, OWN, The Discovery Channel)

Dawn’s latest documentary, “Trapped”, explores the impact of laws that regulate abortion clinics in the South—laws like Texas HB2 that the Center challenged and successfully blocked in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt earlier this year. “Trapped” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. During the festival Mashable named Dawn to its list of “10 Female Directors to Watch in 2016”.

Kavita N. Ramdas

Kavita N. Ramdas Presenter

Senior Advisor Global Strategy, Ford Foundation ›

Kavita Ramdas is Senior Advisor on Global Strategy, Ford Foundation. Kavita works closely with the executive leadership team at the Ford Foundation in New York to help tackle ongoing challenges and seize opportunities arising from changes to civil society across the world.

From 2012 to 2015, Kavita served as the representative for the foundation's office in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Before joining Ford, she was the founder and first executive director of the Program on Social Entrepreneurship (PSE), housed at the Centre for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. From 1996 to 2010, Kavita served as president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, which grew under her leadership to become the world's largest public foundation for women's rights.

John Oliver

John Oliver Presenter

Television Host, Last Week Tonight (HBO)

John Oliver is the Peabody award-winning host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, now in its third season. On occasional breaks from the show, John returns to his first love of stand-up, performing at sold-our venues worldwide.

Previously, he was correspondent, guest host, and Emmy award-winning writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. John also co-writes and co-presents hit satirical podcast The Bugle, and has hosted four seasons of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central). His other credits include a regular guest role on Community (NBC), and guest roles on The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers.

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende

Renowned Author (Chile)

Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Isabel’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world. She has since written twenty more works. Isabel is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

In addition to her work as a writer, Isabel devotes much of her time to human rights. Following the death of her daughter, Paula, in 1992, she established a charitable foundation in Paula’s honor dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women and children worldwide. The Isabel Allende Foundation is guided by a vision of a world in which women have achieved economic and social justice. In service of this vision, the Foundation supports nonprofits that provide vulnerable women and children access to reproductive rights, healthcare, education, and protection from violence.

Dawn Porter

Dawn Porter

Documentary Filmmaker Trapped

Dawn Porter is an award-winning filmmaker whose films include “Gideon’s Army” (2013, HBO) “Spies of Mississippi” (2014, PBS) and “Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper” (2015, OWN, The Discovery Channel)

Dawn’s latest documentary, “Trapped”, explores the impact of laws that regulate abortion clinics in the South—laws like Texas HB2 that the Center is challenging at the Supreme Court. “Trapped” premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. During the festival Mashable named Dawn to its list of “10 Female Directors to Watch in 2016”.

Kavita N. Ramdas

Kavita N. Ramdas

Senior Advisor Global Strategy, Ford Foundation

Kavita Ramdas is Senior Advisor on Global Strategy, Ford Foundation. Kavita works closely with the executive leadership team at the Ford Foundation in New York to help tackle ongoing challenges and seize opportunities arising from changes to civil society across the world.

From 2012 to 2015, Kavita served as the representative for the foundation's office in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Before joining Ford, she was the founder and first executive director of the Program on Social Entrepreneurship (PSE), housed at the Centre for Democracy, Development and Rule of Law at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. From 1996 to 2010, Kavita served as president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, which grew under her leadership to become the world's largest public foundation for women's rights.

John Oliver

John Oliver

Television Host, Last Week Tonight (HBO)

John Oliver is the Peabody award-winning host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, now in its third season. On occasional breaks from the show, John returns to his first love of stand-up, performing at sold-our venues worldwide.

Previously, he was correspondent, guest host, and Emmy award-winning writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. John also co-writes and co-presents hit satirical podcast The Bugle, and has hosted four seasons of John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central). His other credits include a regular guest role on Community (NBC), and guest roles on The Simpsons and Bob’s Burgers.

For more information, contact Ashley McGuire at events@reprorights.org or 917.637.3712.