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DVF Award Honorees Named

Event will honor Kakenya Ntaiya of Kenya and Sohini Chakraborty Saleem of India, two women in the Vital Voices Global Network.

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NEW YORK — For the second time, Diane von Furstenberg is tipping her hat to women from around the globe who have made a difference in the lives of other women. On March 11, von Furstenberg and Tina Brown will host the second edition of the DVF Awards.

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The event, at the United Nations on the last night of The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit, will honor Kakenya Ntaiya of Kenya and Sohini Chakraborty Saleem of India, two women in the Vital Voices Global Network, the nongovernmental organization von Furstenberg supports.

The People’s Voice Award will be determined by the public. Voting kicks off today at dvf.com, facebook.com/dvf and dailybeast.com and will be open for two weeks. The DVF Awards board of advisers nominated Lyn Pentecost of The Lower Eastside Girls Club, Malika Saada Saar of The Rebecca Project, Zeinab Eyega of Sauti Yetu Center for African Women, Taryn Davis of The American Widow Project and Susannah Shakow of Running Start for this year’s People’s Voice Award.

“What they all have in common is courage and vision, and the desire to help,” von Furstenberg said. “They know that individuals can help, and they have the courage, compassion and strength to do it.”

The final award, which went to Ingrid Betancourt last year, will be revealed at a later date.

The awards were created with the support of the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to heighten exposure and give resources to individuals who work on women’s causes. Each honoree will receive $50,000 to sustain and further their humanitarian efforts.