International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law – 6th Anniversary Gala in San Francisco

International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law – 6th Anniversary Gala in San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, April 16, 2019 – The International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (IANGEL) will host “The Future is Ours” gala dinner on April 25th, 2019, at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco. The gala will be an evening of celebration, recognizing the achievements of activists and legal scholars fighting for gender equality all over the world, and a time to look forward to future victories. Funds raised at the event will support IANGEL’s work to further gender justice through education, pro-bono legal engagement and advocacy.

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, Founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) will present the keynote address and Dr. Riffat Hassan will receive IANGEL's 2019 Amel Zenoune-Zouani Rights & Leadership Award. Dr. Hassan was nominated for her tireless work advocating for gender equity as an internationally acclaimed Islamic theologian and feminist scholar. The night will also feature performances from noted soprano singer Marcelle Dronkers.

IANGEL is an international network of volunteer lawyers dedicated to advancing gender equity and protecting the human and civil rights of women and girls through peaceful legal means. The non-profit was founded in 2013 to harness the power of pro bono legal assistance, connecting it to the cause of women’s rights locally, nationally, and around the world.

Keynote Speaker Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini will highlight her work to prevent violent extremism by promoting peace, rights, and pluralism around the world. Born in Iran and a citizen of the United Kingdom, she is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. In 2000, Naraghi-Anderlini successfully lobbied the U.N. Security Council to pass Resolution 1325 addressing the unique impact that armed conflict places upon women and recognizing women’s contributions to conflict prevention and peacekeeping.

Dr. Riffat Hassan is an acclaimed and well-published Islamic theologian and gender advocate. A native of Lahore, Pakistan, she is a professor emerita of Religious Studies at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Hassan’s work articulates a progressive understanding of Islam that embraces human rights and gender equality. Dr. Hassan is internationally recognized for her work in promoting women's rights in Muslim societies, especially in combating honor crimes against women in Pakistan.

The Rights & Leadership Award was established by IANGEL in 2015 to “honor exemplary leaders promoting women's rights and gender equality.” In 2018 the award was renamed the Amel Zenoune-Zouani Rights & Leadership Award to honor a law student in Algeria, who was killed in 1997 by the Armed Islamic Group for daring to attend university as a woman.

Visionary sponsors include Hanson Bridgett and Thomas and Johannah Newman. Bar association sponsors include: Queen's Bench Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, the Iranian American Bar Association, and California Women Lawyers. A complete list of sponsors and details about event registration can be found at

***This article was re-posted with permission from IANGEL.