Tomorrow, Diane will appear on Good Morning America to announce the honorees for The 4th Annual DVF Awards, which will close the Women in the World Summit on April 5 at the United Nations in New York. But before we celebrate the extraordinary women to be awarded this year, we wanted to give an update on a few past honorees and what they have been able to accomplish with the support of The DVF Awards.
Danielle Saint-Lot was recognized in 2010 for her work to benefit women in her home country of Haiti. She has since been tireless in her efforts to catalyze economic growth and expand women’s role in politics and is now serving as Haiti’s Global Ambassador for Women’s Issues.
Kakenya Ntaiya was honored in 2011 for her work with The Kakenya Center for Excellence, a primary boarding school providing education to creating opportunity for high-risk Kenyan girls.
Since receiving The DVF Awards grant, Kakenya has expanded her classrooms, built a new dorm and enrolled her largest classes of students yet. Additional teaching staff, new textbooks and supplies have enhanced the school’s ability to serve its students. Finally, she is utilizing the support from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to construct a Leadership and Resource Center, a project which she anticipates will break ground in 2013.
Since receiving the DVF People’s Choice Award nearly one year ago, Layli Miller-Muro has helped the Tahirih Justice Center elevate its status in the women’s rights community, continue its strategic growth, and protect a significantly increased number of women and girls through free legal and social services.
We continue to be inspired by these women and their remarkable stories. We look forward to seeing who will join their ranks tomorrow.
Also, don’t forget to let your voice be heard. One of our five winners will be chosen by popular vote, from a field of four amazing nominees. Check out these incredible women and vote for the one who inspires you most!
Voting will end on March 22.