Diane von Furstenberg Announces Recipients of the 2nd Annual DVF Awards

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Diane von Furstenberg is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2nd annual DVF Awards, honoring four women who have demonstrated leadership, strength and courage in their respective fields.

The awards will be presented in a ceremony on Friday, March 11th as part of The Daily Beast and Newsweek's Women in the World Conference.

For the second consecutive year, the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation will present the Courage Award, celebrating one woman's outstanding strength and courage. This year, Elizabeth Smart has been nominated to receive the award in recognition of her advocacy for change related to child abduction and recovery programs and legislation in the United States. The inaugural award in this category was presented last year to former Colombian Senator and anti-corruption activist, Ingrid Betancourt.

Diane von Furstenberg is also proud to announce the winner of the People's Voice Award, determined by the public through popular vote on DVF.com. After receiving a remarkable response from voters, the final winner is Taryn Davis on behalf of The American Widow Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to healing women who have lost loved ones in the line of duty.

Ms. Smart and Ms. Davis will join two honorees from the Vital Voices Network, Sohini Chakraborty and Kakenya Ntaiya. Ms.Chakraborty, a dancer, choreographer and sociologist, is the founder of Kolkata Sanved, an organization which uses dance movement as an alternative approach to rehabilitation of victims of violence and trafficking. Ms. Ntaiya, a passionate activist for girls' education, completed her doctorate in education and founded the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a primary school for girls in her native village of Enoosaen, Kenya.

"It is with great pride that we bestow all four of these women with an award of recognition and support," says Diane von Furstenberg. "Each winner demonstrates a remarkable level of courage and leadership and serves to inspire other women all over the world."

Winners of The DVF Awards will each receive $50,000 in support of their organization and continued efforts in public service. Created in partnership with The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, The DVF Awards aim to recognize and honor extraordinary women leaders who are making a difference on both local and global scales.

The DVF Awards will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of Friday, March 11th, 2011 at the United Nations in New York City. The extraordinary presenters include Academy Award-nominated actress Laura Linney, journalist and anchor of ABC's World News Tonight Diane Sawyer, noted charity advocate and supermodel Iman, and Pakistani-American political scientist, Ambassador Shirin R. Tahir-Kheli.

About Diane von Furstenberg
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 it is today. Its distinctive collections are sold in over 71 countries and in 40 namesake retail boutiques worldwide. A firm believer in the infinite power of women, Diane von Furstenberg sits on the board of Vital Voices and has organized initiatives worldwide to support their activities, including the Artisan Handbag Design Competition, the Wonder Woman Comic, and the Proud to be Woman campaign. In addition to DVF's commitment to women's empowerment, Diane is a supporter of the Friends of the High Line and played an integral role in the redevelopment of the elevated rail tracks into a public park. As President of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Diane is an advocate for American fashion and a mentor to its growing community of designers.

About Vital Voices Global Partnership
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 10,000 emerging women leaders from over 150 countries since 1997.


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