Monday, March 7, 2016

Hafsat Abiola Among Four Women Honoured With 2016 Global Leadership Awards

Hafsat Abiola, human rights, civil rights, democracy activist and founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) is among four extraordinary women who will be honored on March 9, 2016 at the Vital Voices Global Partnership's 15th Annual Global Leadership Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Vital Voices Global Partnership to Host 15th Annual Global Leadership Awards

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On March 9, four extraordinary women, each with a bold vision for the future, will be honored at the Vital Voices Global Partnership's 15th Annual Global Leadership Awards at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The honorees, Hafsat Abiola-Costello of Nigeria, Akanksha Hazari of India, Khanim Latif of Iraq and Yoani Sanchez of Cuba – will all offer remarks on how the global community can continue to innovate and build a brighter, inclusive future for all.

Akanksha Hazari.
Khanim Latif.
Yoani Sanchez.

This landmark 15th anniversary event will be held on the heels of International Women's Day.

"It's never been more critical to support leaders who scale sustainable solutions, who foster resilience and use their platform to uplift others," says Vital Voices President and Chief Executive Officer Alyse Nelson, "Vital Voices invests in these leaders, in their proven ability to improve the world around them."

The program will also feature appearances by designer Diane von Furstenberg, Ambassador Melanne Verveer, journalist Tina Brown, Theranos Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Holmes, Founder and President of the Children's Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman and others.

This year, Procter and Gamble is the proud partner of the "Rising Voices" initiative, which engages the next generation of women leaders around the world through mentoring, communications skills and leadership training.

"Empowering women and girls is at the heart of P&G's business," said Carolyn Tastad, Group President, P&G North America. "The young women participating in this program truly are rising voices, and they inspire us with their confidence and potential.  We're honored to help them be all that they have the potential and desire to be."

Vital Voices was founded by former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. It invests in women leaders who improve the world, through partnerships and long-term investments that expand their skills, connections and visibility.

We invite you to follow the conversation: #GLA16 #PoweredByWomen

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