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Vital Voices 2nd Annual Festival Named a Winner in the “Human & Civil Rights – Community EventCategory for the 3rd Annual Anthem Awards 

Washington, DC January 30, 2024 — Vital Voices Global Partnership announced today that it has been named a winner in the Human & Civil Rights – Community Event category for the 3rd Annual Anthem Awards.

Vital Voices hosted its’ 2nd Annual Vital Voices Festival on May 5-6 of 2023. The award-winning event was held on the one-year anniversary of the grand opening of its Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership — the world’s first embassy for women.

The Festival featured live panel discussions with leading global thought leaders in women’s rights, including Vital Voices Cofounder Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Moms Demand Action Founder Shannon Watts, Marketing Hall of Famer & Author Bozoma Saint John, and Actress & Activist Debra Messing, as well as leadership talks, live performances, and more.

Participants and the general public were welcomed to attend an Open House on day two of the Festival, to listen in on leadership talks, learn more about the mission of Vital Voices driving force and browse through our global marketplace of handmade crafts and unique artisanal items created by women entrepreneurs from the Vital Voices Global Network.

The two-day Festival was centered around the theme of The Power of Our Voice: 25 Years of Inspiration & Impact as the international non-profit, non-partisan NGO that was co-founded by Sec. Hillary Rodham Clinton and the late Sec. Madeleine Albright in 1997.

Anthem Winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Members include: Nicholas Thompson, CEO, The Atlantic, Christina Swarns, Executive Director, Innocence Project, Zarna Surti, Global Creative Director, Nike Purpose, Maurice Mitchell, National Director, Working Families Party, Lindsay Stein, Chief Purpose Office, Tombras, Jennifer Lotito, President & Chief Operating Officer, (RED), Lisa Sherman, President & CEO, The Ad Council, Emily Barfoot, Global Brand Director Dove, Unilever, Trovon Williams, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, NAACP, Roma McCaig, Senior VP of Impact, Clif Bar, Michelle Egan, Chief Strategy Officer, NRDC, Dinah-Kareen Jean, Senior Manager, Social Innovation, Etsy, Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO, GLAAD, Jad Finck, Vice President of Innovation & Sustainability, Allbirds, Christopher Miller, Head of Global Activism Strategy, Ben & Jerry’s, Shayla Tait, Director of Philanthropy The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation.  

The Anthem Awards was launched in response to the prevalence of social good has taken within the national conversation and cultural zeitgeist in recent years. The 3rd Annual competition received over 2,000 entries from more than 30 countries worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities. A portion of program revenue is allocated to our grant program, The Anthem Fund.  


About Vital Voices Global Partnership 

Vital Voices Global Partnership was cofounded in 1997 by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and the late Secretary Madeleine Albright. Now celebrating 26 years, Vital Voices has directly invested in more than 20,000 women leaders across 185 countries and territories since its inception. Driven by the universal truth that women are the key to progress in their communities and nations cannot move forward without women in leadership positions, Vital Voices has provided early support for leaders who went on to become Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, U.S. Youth Poet Laureates, prime ministers, award-winning innovators, pioneering human rights defenders, and breakthrough social entrepreneurs, including Amanda Gorman and Malala Yousafzai. In an effort to advance and expand this work, in 2022 Vital Voices opened the doors to the world’s first global embassy for women, the Vital Voices Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership. It is a first-of-its-kind space that allows for convening, innovation, planning, and action—all in the pursuit of serving women leaders who are taking on the world’s greatest challenges. 

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About The Anthem Awards: 

Launched in 2021 by The Webby Awards, The Anthem Awards honors the purpose & mission-driven work of people, companies and organizations worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, we’re defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities. The Anthem Awards honors work across seven core causes: Diversity; Equity & Inclusion; Education; Art & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment & Climate. Founded in partnership with the Ad Council, Born This Way Foundation, Feeding America, Glaad, Mozilla, NAACP, NRDC, WWF, and XQ.