Each fall the Isabel Allende Foundation and its advisors gather to present the Espíritu Award to an organization that works on behalf of women and children and whose values align closely with ours. This year’s award and grant goes to the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Human Rights Watch has long been a leading defender of human rights, and the Women’s Rights Division, launched in 1993, was one of the first organizations to focus specifically on women’s rights.
Isabel had this to say about this year’s awardee:
“It may be the 21st century, but for too many women and girls around the world it might as well be the Dark Ages. They are married as children, trafficked into forced labor, denied education and trapped in wars where rape is used as a weapon. The Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch gives oppressed women a voice, and its rigorous investigation of rights abuses and targeted advocacy build irresistible pressure for action and change.”
Isabel presented the Espíritu award at the Women’s Rights Summit, held today in San Francisco and hosted for the first time by the Women’s Rights Division. The annual award and grant is given in honor of Isabel’s daughter Paula, who died in 1992.
To learn more about Human Rights Watch and to watch videos exposing some of the world’s most repressive practices, click here.
Here are some photos from the day:
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