"Women never cease to impress and inspire me," the designer said, "and I am very happy to create these Awards to honour and reward their leadership and dedication to the advancement of women." Each honouree will receive $50,000, aimed to help them sustain and expand on their humanitarian efforts.
The first DVF Awards ceremony will take place at the United Nations on March 13 and will honour four women. Two are from the Vital Voices network - Sadiqa Basiri Saleem, who established a learning centre in Afghanistan, and Danielle St. Lot, Haiti's minister of commerce, industry, and tourism - whilst the People's Voice Award will honour an American woman to be voted for by the public at www.facebook.com/dvf. The fourth recipient will be announced on the night.
"These are women who have shown the courage to fight, the power to survive, and the leadership to inspire," von Furstenberg added.