Our second annual Caring for Women dinner: benefitting 3 inspiring NGO's combating gender-based violence
Jean Treuthart (Interim President and CEO, NNEDV), Lena Alfi (Acting CEO, Malala Fund), Emily Miles (Executive Director, NYCASAA) and Rabiha (Survivor and activist), September 12, 2023, New York.
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Kering Foundation hosted its second annual Caring For Women dinner on September 12, 2023 in New York. The dinner raised over $3 million dollars and benefited the following organizations to break the intergenerational cycle of violence: National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (NYCAASA) and Malala Fund.
Hosted by award-winning journalist Lisa Ling, the event was co-chaired by Salma Hayek Pinault, François-Henri Pinault, Zoë Kravitz, Cindy Sherman, Christy Turlington Burns, Olivia Wilde, Oprah Winfrey and Malala Yousafzai.
"The ways we address violence against women and children are often fragmented and siloed. By bridging these efforts, we will accelerate change toward a world free of gender-based violence. That's why I am proud to announce that the Kering Foundation is deepening and expanding its work and increasing its funding to break the cycle of violence from childhood into adulthood", said François-Henri Pinault, chairman of Kering and Kering Foundation
Since 2008, the Kering Foundation has worked toward a world free from gender-based violence by partnering with local, feminist NGOs in six countries. By supporting survivor-centered services, mobilizing internal and external networks to take action for gender equality and implementing programs to break the intergenerational cycle of violence for future generations.
Rabiha, a New City Alliance Against Sexual Assault’s Project DOT leader shared a powerful testimonial: “I know I'm powerful. With everything I have been through, I want to help others who are struggling with similar experiences, and don’t know where to turn. There is a place even for them, and people ready to support them. I’m providing that safe space and helping them write their own stories."
Funds raised benefit 3 organizations that are supporting survivors of violence:
• National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV): A leading voice for domestic violence victims and their advocates in the US, NNEDV represents the 56 state and U.S. territorial coalitions against domestic violence who in turn represent 2,000 local domestic violence programs and the millions of survivors served annually. Funds raised will support NNEDV and the Independence Project, a credit-building microloan program for survivors of domestic violence who experience many forms of financial abuse. NNEDV tracks and reports survivors’ payments to the three credit bureaus to help build a good credit history.
• New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault (NYCAASA): The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault was founded in 1999 to prevent sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes through education, research, and advocacy. The Alliance works closely with local leaders and stakeholders to develop and implement promising practices and policies, raise public awareness, and create sustainable change for survivors. Funds raised will support the Alliance’s Project Dream, Own, Tell (DOT), a unique, research-backed sexual violence prevention program that works with at-risk youth, training and empowering them to become impactful organizers and change-makers to combat sexual violence in their own communities.
• Malala Fund: An organization dedicated to giving every girl an opportunity to achieve a future she chooses, Malala Fund was founded by Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate, and her father Ziauddin. By amplifying girls’ voices, holding leaders accountable, advocating for resources and policy change, and investing in local education activists in regions where the most girls are missing out on secondary school, Malala Fund is working for a world where every girl can learn and lead. Funds raised will support Afghan organizations providing alternative learning opportunities for girls living under the girls’ education ban and global advocacy to pressure the Taliban government to reopen girls’ secondary schools.