The Center is thrilled to receive
Espíritu Award from the Isabel Allende Foundation.
foundation was established by the world-renowned novelist in 1996 to pay
tribute to her daughter Paula. It
supports organizations in the United States and Chile that provide women and
girls with reproductive self-determination, healthcare, and education, as well
as protection from violence, exploitation, and discrimination.
rights are fundamental human rights, there is no distinction between them,”
said Allende when announcing the award. “By changing laws, the Center for
Reproductive Rights helps women worldwide to achieve equality,
self-determination and dignity.”
Espíritu Awards were established in 2001 and are
proactively granted to celebrate, honor and support compassionate action in the
Foundation’s areas of interest. Recipients are selected each fall by the
foundation and its advisors.
Two other organizations along with the Center
received an award this year: V Day: City of Joy—a
revolutionary new community for women survivors of gender violence in Bukavu,
Democratic Republic of Congo—and
the Oakland, California-based Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving
Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY).