At the third annual DVF Awards last Friday, media mogul and humanitarian, Oprah Winfrey, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for decades of work with women around the globe. As a part of the Women in the World Conference at the United Nations headquarters, Winfrey, along with kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard, domestic violence fighter and artist Panmela Castro, Congolese women’s advocate Chouchou Namegabe, and human rights advocate Layli Miller-Muro were honored.
Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer and head of the organization, only had praises for her close friend. “[Oprah] is the most formidable person I have ever met in my life,” she said. “What is extraordinary about Oprah is that she has done so much and yet she is still a little girl. She is still very pure and you can make her cry and laugh so quickly.” Winfrey was gracious about the award but took the majority of her time to praise fellow winner Dugard and her amazing courage to escape 18 years of sexual abuse and captivity. “Jaycee Dugard, I am so proud of you, your courage, your ability to press onward toward the future and toward a more victorious life for yourself and for using your courage your strength and your power to show the world that you care,” Winfrey said.
The now 31-year-old, whose family never stopped looking for her, established the Just Ask Yourself to Care (JAYC) Foundation to treat families recovering from abduction and the aftermath of traumatic experiences.
Considering the criteria, who else might be deserving of a DVF award?