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Chicago Chapter Gender Equality Awards

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Chicago Chapter Gender Equality Awards

Join us in supporting women and girls around the world in need of advocacy, equality, and overall care by contributing to our Gender Equality Awards, the signature fundraising event hosted by the UN Women USA Chicago Chapter. This virtual event will be hosted on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CT.
This year our theme is HeForShe and we will be honoring champions of gender equality in the Chicagoland area who have had outstanding contributions in bridging the gender gap, which includes taking action against gender bias, discrimination, and violence. This event will bring up crucial conversations on gender equality and acknowledge the spectrum of gender and identity as recognized by the HeForShe movement.


“HeForShe is an invitation for men and people of all genders to stand in solidarity with women to create a bold, visible and united force for gender equality.” - 

Thanks to donors like you, women and girls around the world can gain access to resources to advance in global societies that do not always recognize them as significant components of our world. In light of recent events, donations from the 2021 Gender Equality Awards will primarily be used to benefit women and girls in Afghanistan. If contributions from the event exceed the need of this crisis, excess funds will be redirected to support other global crises and/or areas of need.

"Further to the United Nations Security Council resolution...reaffirming the importance of upholding human rights, including the rights of women, and encouraging all parties to seek an inclusive, negotiated political settlement that ensures the full, equal and meaningful representation of women, I call on the international community to sustain its attention and action to ensure women’s rights are non-negotiable."Pramila Patten, UN Women Interim Director on The UN Women's support for women and girls in Afghanistan (Aug 2021)

Here are some ways you can support the Gender Equality Awards:

1. Purchase a ticket to our Virtual Gala (Thursday October 21, 2021 from 7-8.30pm CST)

    $25 - Supporter Ticket

  • General Admission
  • Can support one victim of gender-based violence to access legal assistance

    $50 - Champion Ticket

  • General Admission
  • Limited Edition Gender Equality Awards Virtual Goody Bag
  • Can support vocational job training for women to break gender barriers
​  $100 - Changemaker Ticket
  • General Admission
  • Limited edition Gender Equality Awards Virtual Goody Bag
  • Special recognition as a GEA Changemaker during the event
  • Can support a community center that handles cases of child marriage

   $10 - Student Ticket
A limited amount of reduced priced student tickets are available. If you are interested, email

2. Make a one-time donation to this campaign

  • $20 provides traditional craft supplies for a woman to create her own business
  • ​$50 supports a woman buy environmentally friendly farm inputs to increase her agricultural productivity
  • $78 helps a woman to re-plant her crops after a natural disaster to revive her livelihood
  • $100 supports an internationally displaced or refugee woman to get two months training in vocational skills
  • $450 provides entrepreneurship training to three women to be an owner of their own business
$7,541 Raised

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