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Diane von Furstenberg to host the DVF Awards in Venice during The Venice Film Festival

On August 31, 2023, the 14th Annual DVF Awards will take place in Venice, Italy, in the country where Diane began her own journey toward becoming the woman she wanted to be and where she has returned to draw inspiration from a city known for its courage, strength and leadership.

Diane von Furstenberg and The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation founded The DVF Awards more than a decade ago to recognize, support and amplify the voices of extraordinary women who are dedicated to improving the lives of other women. These are women who have demonstrated the courage to fight, the strength to survive and the leadership to inspire. Over the years, The DVF Awards have honored extraordinary women from more than thirty countries with grants to further their important work in the areas of climate change, immigration, fighting human trafficking, promoting gender equality and preventing violence against women.

In a time of increasing global strife, it has never been more important to continue to highlight the women who are impacting change.

This year’s DVF Leadership Awards honorees include Amal Clooney for her work on behalf of victims of human rights abuses all over the world; The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed; environmental and human rights defender, Helena Gualinga; a leading expert on the implications of artificial intelligence, Dr. Joy Buolamwini; and storyteller and gender equality advocate, Lilly Singh.

“My mother always taught me that in times of darkness I should look for the light. These women are the light,” said Diane von Furstenberg.

Each honoree will receive a grant to support the organization of their choice.

The event, which will be hosted with Vital Voices Global Partnership, will include a performance by multi-platinum, Grammy nominated singer & mental health pioneer Jewel and appearances by the Nobel Peace Prize winning-journalist, Maria Ressa and special guest Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi.

WHEN: Thursday, August 31, 2023, 19:30

WHERE: Fondazione Cini, Isola San Giorgio Maggiore, Venezia, Italy


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Diane von Furstenberg and The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation founded The DVF Awards in 2010 to recognize and support extraordinary women who are dedicated to transforming the lives of other women; women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive, and the leadership to inspire. Honorees are celebrated annually at the DVF Awards ceremony. Each year, five awards are bestowed to women who have demonstrated leadership, strength, and courage in their commitment to women’s causes. The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation grants each honoree $100,000 for their non-profit organization in order to further their important work.

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Now celebrating 26 years, Vital Voices Global Partnership has directly invested in more than 20,000 women leaders across 185 countries and territories since its inception in 1997. 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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