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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

DVF Awards honor women working for change

This past weekend, March 12-14, powerful women leaders gathered for the first annual Women in the World Summit held in New York City. On Saturday evening, 13 March, the inaugural DVF Awards, an event launched by designer Diane von Furstenberg to honor women for their work in bringing about change in their countries, a host of powerful ladies, including Queen Rania of Jordan, Hilary Clinton, Meryl Streep and others, came together to show their support.

During the ceremony, Meryl Streep presented a leadership award to Ingrid Betancourt, the former Colombian presidential candidate who endured years of captivity in jungle camps after being kidnapped in 2002 by leftist FARC guerrillas. Betancourt, Sadiqa Basiri Saleem, an Afghan women's rights activist, Danielle Sain-Lot, an activist in Haiti, and Katherine Chon, head of the U.S.-based Polaris Project, which combats human trafficking, were the four women honored.

A designer, a queen, a film star, a secretary of state, various human rights activists... I would have to say that it must have been interesting to attend the event and see all of these women from different walks of life who have each had an impact in their own way.


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