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The DVF Awards

Diane Sawyer, Representative Nancy Pelosi, Lauren Bush Lauren, Tatiana von Furstenberg, Fran Lebowitz and Oprah Winfrey, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, are just a few of the remarkable women who joined co-hosts Tina Brown and Diane von Furstenberg as DVF celebrated The Third Annual DVF Awards on Friday night. Israeli Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni and Ambassador Melanne Verveer were also in attendance. Presented as part of Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit, The DVF Awards recognize five women whose strength, courage and leadership is changing the lives of women in their communities and beyond.

“I am so inspired by all of these incredible women, and humbled,” Diane said just before the ceremony began. “Tonight is truly a celebration.”

Creative Director Yvan Mispelaere had to second that emotion, smiling as he proclaimed the evening’s mantra: “Proud to be woman!”

The soft voice of Ingrid Michaelson singing “Live it with Love,” set the tone for the evening, as honorees Oprah Winfrey, Layli Miller-Muro of the Tahirih Justice Center, Chouchou Namegabe of the South Kivu’s Association of Women Journalists, Panmela Castro of Rede Nami, and Jaycee Dugard of The JAYC Foundation, moved the audience with their stories of struggle and triumph.

The evening’s presenters included Jessica Alba, who sparkled in a DVF pale pink sequined mini dress, Debra Winger, and journalist Maria Bartirimo.

Oprah Winfrey was statuesque in an emerald green wrap gown as she accepted her award and presented the honor to Jaycee Dugard, telling her, “I am so proud of you, your courage, your ability to press onward toward the future and toward a more victorious life for yourself and for using your courage, your strength and your power to show the world that you care.”

And that is what The DVF Awards are all about.


Good Morning DVF!

Diane took a break amidst a full-on Fashion Week to appear on Good Morning America on Tuesday where she chatted with Robin Roberts about the Third Annual DVF Awards and formally presented our nominees for this year’s People’s Voice Awards.

Looking fresh in a mix-printed wrap from our Spring collection, Diane encouraged viewers to vote for the woman who they find most inspiring at, and explained why she started The DVF Awards three years ago.  “I have always been such a fan of women. And as I have empowered myself, I like to empower other women.”

In advance of her visit to the Good Morning America studio, Diane wrote a blog about the three women who have inspired her most in her own life.

And Robin couldn’t let Diane get away without touching on some of the season’s hottest trends. So, what top three things should you be stocking up on for Spring? As Diane put it: Whites, Blooming Florals and Soft Pastels, “but mixed together in a very unusual way. So it all looks very effortless but it’s very glamorous!”

Watch the full video at here.


Awards Season

The third annual DVF Awards are just around the corner, and we can’t wait to celebrate our honorees on Friday, March 9 during Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit at the United Nations in New York. Today is a particularly exciting day as we announce the nominees for the third annual People’s Voice Awards.

One of five DVF Awards given each year to extraordinary women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women, The People’s Voice Awards puts the power in your hands.  Vote for the woman who inspires you most at and the winner will be honored at the ceremony on March 9 and receive a $50,000 grant from The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation in order to continue and bolster their efforts.

This year’s nominees are making a difference in their communities and beyond. Diane Latiker of Kids Off the Block, Inc. invites troubled youth into her home in the Roseland community of Chicago and gives them hope and guidance, while Layli Miller-Muro of The Tahirih Justice Center provides legal assistance to immigrant women seeking asylum from rape, human trafficking, torture, and many other forms of violence. Jennifer Valoppi is helping to improve the education of at-risk girls through Women of Tomorrow, a unique mentoring organization that gives young women the tools they need to graduate from high school and seek higher education. And Andrea Powell, founder of FAIR Girls, helps more than 200 girls every year to overcome abuse, sex trafficking, and forced labor.

“We are proud to have such deserving nominees,” says Diane. “They are strong, courageous and powerful leaders!”

We also caught up with past People’s Voice Award recipients Taryn Davis (2011) and Katherine Chon (2010), who are using their grants to continue their commitment to their causes. Davis has since been named one of CNN’S Heroes of the Year and one of Glamour Magazine’s 21 Amazing Young Women, among other accolades. What is more, The American Widow Project has doubled the amount of widows it has served and is currently launching a new website in order to connect to many more. Chon, of the Polaris Project, reports that in 2011, The National Human Trafficking Hotline answered more than 19,400 calls, reported more than 770 human trafficking cases to law enforcement, and helped more than 1,200 trafficking victims access services.  Their client services program provided 141 survivors of human trafficking with assistance, enabling them to take important steps towards their own recovery.

We are proud to see past winners thriving and look forward to seeing what this year’s honoree will accomplish.

With the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire, all of our People’s Voice Award nominees are making it easier for women’s voices to be heard all over the world.

Now, let’s hear yours. Place your vote at


A Father’s Advice

DVF Awards honoree Sadiqa Basiri Saleem always had a passion for educating young women – all she needed was a little encouragement.

With the help of three other women and the support of her father, Sadiqa invested in a classroom converted from an abandoned mosque, uniforms and school supplies to begin teaching 36 young women in nearby towns. The teachers persevered through a series of threats and public outcry.

Sadiqa said, “I had my guide, my teacher who is my father, and he told me, ‘Never give up. Never worry. This is your opportunity to show the world what you can do, and what women can do.”

The Oruj Learning Center now educates more than 2,700 girls and 200 women. Sadiqa attributes much of her success to her father’s advice and guidance.

“Anytime I would say, ‘Dad, I don’t think it’s going to work,’ he would say, ‘No. It will work because you will make it work, you have been dreaming about its success since you were a girl.’ And it worked.”

Not only is Sadiqa accomplishing her dreams, she has been recognized internationally as a champion for women’s rights. At the age of 28, she was honored with the 2009 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award and was one of four honorees at the first annual DVF Awards in 2010.

A father’s love and support can be invaluable and we proudly support the visionary men who inspire women to be who they dream of being and create for us a better world.

Stay tuned for more information the upcoming Vital Voices event honoring important male leaders this fall.


The DVF Awards 2011 Exclusive Video

You’ve read about it, you’ve seen the photos, now watch the exclusive video from the 2011 DVF Awards held at the United Nations on March 11, 2011. The remarkable group of honorees include include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Smart, Taryn Davis, Sohini Chakraborty, Kakenya Ntaiya, plus presenters Chelsea Clinton, Iman, Laura Linney, Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli and Diane Sawyer. At the center of it all, of course, was Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Foundation.


The DVF Awards 2011

For the second year in a row, the DVF Awards shined a deserving spotlight on remarkable women who have overcome adversity to better their communities through strength, courage and leadership.  The event, which was sponsored by the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation and took place during the Newsweek and Daily Beast’s Women of the World summit, was attended by a truly extrodinary group.

Held at the United Nations, the impressive roster included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who accepted a special Inspiration Award that was presented to her by her daughter Chelsea. “My mother once said, ‘I wasn’t born a first lady or a senator. I wasn’t born a Democrat. I wasn’t born a wife or mother,’” said the former First Daughter. “But I think she may have been born an advocate for human rights, women’s right and children’s rights.”

Additional attendees included presenters Laura Linney who bestowed the Courage Award to Elizabeth Smart for her dedication to child abduction casuses; Diane Sawyer for Taryn Davis and the American Widow Project;  Iman to Kakenya Ntaiya for creating the Kakenya Center for Excellence in her native Masaai village; and Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli to Sohini Chakraborty for the Kolkata Sanved which teaches young abused women to regain their self-confidence through dance and cultural expression.

“The women we honor tonight remind me of my mother,” said von Furstenberg. “They have used their strength and courage to turn defeat into victory, and their leadership to help others.”

Tune in next week for an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the event.


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