Celebs Come Out to Support Women Leaders Around the World

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April 3, 2009 4:50 PM
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2009 Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards Co-Hosts, Sally Field and Maria Bello
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Greta Van Susteren and Sadiqa Basiri Saleem. Sadiqa received the "Rising Voices Award" for her efforts towards women’s education in Afghanistan. She founded Oruj Learning School, which reached out to over 2,700 girls and women throughout Wardak province to provide them with an education they had previously been denied.
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Vital Voices President & CEO, Alyse Nelson and Columnist, Nicholas D. Kristof
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Sadiqa Basiri Saleem, Temituokpe Esisi, Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu, Annie Rashidi, Marceline Kongolo-Bice, Emilie Ngo Nguidjol. Temituokpe Esisi of Nigeria received the "10,000 Women Unlocking Economic Potential Award" for her entrepreneurial skills at home in Lagos. Esisi started her own tailoring business, working toward both her own and her country’s future economic empowerment.
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Emilie Ngo Nguidjol, Annie Rashidi, Marceline Kongolo-Bice, Sally Field, Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu. Marceline received the "Fern Holland Award" for creating SOS Femmes en Danger, which has educated more than 500 women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo about their rights and introduced 130 young women to a micro-credit program for victims of sexual violence.
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Diane von Furstenberg and Somaly Mam. Somaly received the "Human Rights Award" for creating Acting for Women in Distressing Circumstances (AFESIP), which gives victims of human trafficking in Cambodia care, education and the training they need to rebuild their lives.
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Chouchou Namegabe Nabintu and Diane von Furstenberg. Chouchou received the "Fern Holland Award" for using her broadcast journalism skills in the fight to end injustices against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also denounced the corruption of mismanagement by public authorities.
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Somaly Mam and Ben Affleck
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Vital Voices Global Partnership award winners and presenters.