Ingrid Betancourt to Receive DVF Award Presented by Meryl Streep

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Ingrid Betancourt, Franco-Colombian politician, former Senator, and anti-corruption advocate will be one of four women honored at The DVF Awards inaugural ceremony in New York City on Saturday evening, March 13th, 2010 at the United Nations. The Award will be presented to Ingrid by Meryl Streep.

I cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than Ingrid Betancourt for her courage to fight, her power to survive and her leadership to inspire

Ingrid Betancourt, Franco-Colombian politician, former Senator, and anti-corruption advocate will be one of four women honored at The DVF Awards inaugural ceremony in New York City on Saturday evening, March 13th, 2010 at the United Nations. The Award will be presented to Ingrid by Meryl Streep.

"I cannot think of anyone who deserves this award more than Ingrid Betancourt for her courage to fight, her power to survive and her leadership to inspire," says Diane von Furstenberg.

Ingrid Betancourt has undeniably made a powerful and meaningful impact on the world. She will receive this honor for her unrelenting efforts to battle human rights violations internationally. Born in Colombia and raised in Paris, Ms. Betancourt returned to her birth country in 1989 to actively engage in national politics, forming her own political party, the Green Oxygen Party. She led the battle against widespread corruption and became her party's presidential nominee in the Colombian elections in 2002. During the campaign, Betancourt was kidnapped by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and was held in captivity for six and a half years. Upon her rescue, Betancourt made a pledge to continue the fight against international human rights violations and promote a culture of world peace through The Ingrid Betancourt Foundation.

The remaining awards will go to Vital Voices Global Network members Sadiqa Basiri Saleem of Afghanistan and Danielle Saint Lot of Haiti, presented by CNN's Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour and United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer, respectively. The "People's Voice" Award, will go to Katherine Chon of the Polaris Project, an organization dedicated to combating all forms of human trafficking, presented by ABC's Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts.

Supported by The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, The DVF Awards honors four recipients who have displayed leadership, strength, and courage. Through their work on a diverse range of issues and initiatives, Honorees have succeeded in improving the social, economic and political standing of countless individuals, creating inspiration and momentum for enduring change in communities across the globe. The DVF Awards aims to provide the Honorees with exposure as well as financial resources to support their critical efforts and causes.

DIANE von FURSTENBERG, one of the premier names in American fashion, was founded in 1972 by the designer. Renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, DVF has grown into the global luxury lifestyle brand known today. The company, headquartered in New York City, has expanded to a full comprehensive line of ready-to-wear, swimwear, handbags, footwear, luggage, accessories, fine jewelry, fragrance, eyewear and rugs. Its distinctive collections are sold in over 71 countries and in 32 namesake retail boutiques worldwide.

VITAL VOICES GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them through their networks to create a better world for us all. Vital Voices provides these women with the capacity, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their potential. Vital Voices international staff and team of over 1,000 partners, pro bono experts and leaders have trained and mentored more than 5,000 emerging women leaders from over 150 countries since 1997.

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