In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’re excited to announce The DVF Awards nominees for this year’s People’s Voice Award. Voting opens today for The People’s Voice Award, which is chosen by popular vote from four inspiring nominees.
Everyone is encouraged to vote at www.dvfawards.com.
Diane von Furstenberg Announces the 2016 DVF Awards and Opens Online Voting for People’s Voice Honoree
NEW YORK, NY, March 8, 2016 – Designer Diane von Furstenberg announced today that the seventh annual DVF Awards will take place at the United Nations in New York on Thursday, April 7th. Co-hosted by Tina Brown, the DVF Awards were created in 2010 by von Furstenberg and The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to recognize and support women who are using their resources, commitment and visibility to transform the lives of other women. Each year, five awards are given to women who have demonstrated leadership, strength and courage in their commitment to women’s causes.
“The courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire…these are the qualities exemplified by all the women we honor at the DVF Awards,” said von Furstenberg. “Last year, thousands of people voted online for a woman who inspired them to receive the People’s Voice Award. This year we are proud to highlight more truly exceptional women and the work they are doing to change the world. I encourage everyone to read their stories and vote.”
The DVF Awards consists of two International Awards, the People’s Voice Award, the Inspiration Award and the Lifetime Leadership Award. The recipient of the People’s Voice Award is chosen by the public through online voting at www.dvfawards.com. Voting begins today and runs through March 27th.
This year’s nominees for the seventh annual People’s Voice Award, as selected by The DVF Awards Board of Advisors, are:
Jessica Ladd, Founder & CEO of Sexual Health Innovations
Ladd founded Sexual Health Innovations because she and people she loved were affected by sexual assault, STDs, unintended pregnancy, and other sexual health challenges with nowhere reliable to turn for information, support, or services. SHI is a non-profit dedicated to creating technology that transforms sexual health and wellbeing in the United States. Its main initiatives are Callisto, an online sexual assault reporting system, and So They Know, an STD partner notification website.
Emily Greener, Co-Founder & Executive Director of I AM THAT GIRL
Greener is shifting cultural norms and raising the standards for how girls treat each other, themselves, and the world. With over 175 local chapters and an online community of over 700,000, I AM THAT GIRL empowers, supports and educates an engaged and growing community of girls from across the globe to love and express themselves through online and offline programs and initiatives.
Samantha Nutt, M.D., Founder of War Child
Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. She is a leading global authority on the impact of war on civilians, and founded War Child – the only humanitarian agency focusing exclusively on millions of children affected by war globally. War Child works with the most marginalized children and the communities that care for them: displaced families whose livelihoods are ruined; mothers and daughter facing sexual violence and physical abuse; children who are cut off from education.
Fraidy Reiss, Founder & Executive Director of Unchained at Last
When Reiss was 19, her family arranged her marriage, per the custom in her insular religious community in Brooklyn. She discovered only a week after her wedding that her new husband was violent – and that she was trapped. Inspired by her own experience of breaking free from her abusive arranged marriage, Reiss founded Unchained At Last, the only US nonprofit dedicated to providing free legal and social services to help women and girls escape arranged/forced marriages.
Last year’s People’s Voice Award recipients were Becky Straw and Jody Landers, co-founders of The Adventure Project, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to creating jobs that directly benefit communities in developing countries.
The People’s Voice Award provides the recipient with the exposure and resources needed to extend her critical efforts with a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on behalf of women’s causes. The winner will receive a $50,000 award from the Foundation to sustain and expand her extraordinary efforts. The People’s Voice Award winner will be honored at the DVF Awards on April 7th at a ceremony hosted by Diane von Furstenberg.
About Diane von Furstenberg
The Diane von Furstenberg brand is a woman’s best friend. It is the brand she turns to for glamour and confidence, to be the woman she wants to be. Founded in 1970 by the designer, DVF is now a global luxury lifestyle brand and one of the premier names in American fashion. Renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, DVF has expanded to a full wardrobe of ready-to-wear and accessories including handbags, shoes, small leather goods, scarves, and jewelry. The company also offers luggage, eyewear, and home furnishings. Founder and Chairman Diane von Furstenberg is also Chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and serves on the board of Culture Shed, the new center for artistic and cultural innovation in New York City. In 2014, Diane published a memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, and in 2015 she was named one of the TIME 100 Most Influential People. Headquartered in New York City, DVF has a global
distribution network of over 55 countries and 1500 points of sale including 142 DVF owned and partnered stores throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.
DVF can be found online at http://www.dvf.com.