Key actors in the fight against rape as a weapon were present at the special gala. Once again, as at the 2019 Forum, the Grand Duchess made sure survivors of war-rape were present. Also supporting the occasion with their presence were Dr Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize winner 2018; Pramila Patten, UN Special Representative; Céline Bardet, international lawyer; and François Heisbourg, the great geopolitical expert. They all gave their assessments of the situation regarding sexual violence in conflict zones, and called for greater levels of global mobilisation to combat this menace.
This great gala evening began on the terrace of the Hôtel du Palais. The guests enjoyed an aperitif provided by Moët-Hennessy, to the sound of the Choeurs Basques Oihal Berri choir, before moving to the Salon Impérial for the remainder of the evening. The event was hosted by Charlotte de Turckheim and Stéphane Bern. The effect was to raise awareness of the mission of Stand Speak Rise Up!. Substantial funds were raised thanks to the generosity of the representatives of the business and artistic communities who were in attendance: Moët-Hennessy, Hermès, Fondation Engie, BGL BNP Paribas, Groupe Foyer, Atoz, BIL, L’Oréal, and many others.