The 5th DVF Awards

Designer Diane Von Furstenberg honours singer Alicia Keys and Kah Walla, Cameroon's first female presidential candidate

By Andrea Tim | Published: 9 Apr 2014

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Created by Diane Von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation in 2010, the DVF Awards honours and supports extraordinary women who, through their dedication, have changed the lives of others all over the world. Every year, each honoree receives $50,000 alongside the exposure they need to further their work at their respective organisations.

This year, the DVF Awards celebrated its 5th anniversary at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 4 April.

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys won the Inspiration Award for her work in Keep A Child Alive (KCA), an international charity initiative that provides HIV treatment and care to families affected by HIV in Africa and India.

Alicia has been putting together The Black Ball, the annual fundraiser for KCA since its inception in 2004. In November 2013, The Black Ball raised $4 million.

"That word 'inspiration', it made me decide that I want to be in the business of inspiration," she said.

Two special awards were given to women from Vital Voices, an organisation that works with female leaders to promote economical empowerment, human rights, and women's political participation. The women are Kah Walla, the first female presidential candidate in Cameroonian history, and Peace and Prosperity programme coordinators Liron Peleg-Hadomi and Noha Khatieb (joint award).

Veronika Scott of The Empowerment Plan won the People's Voice Award by public vote for her work in improving the lives of communities in the US. The Lifetime Leadership Award was won by 80-year-old author and activist Gloria Steinem, who is best known as a leader of the second-wave feminism in the US in the 1960s and 1970s.


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