Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 5, 2010


First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the annual International Women of Courage Awards on March 10th at 3:00 p.m. at the Department of State.

The International Women of Courage Awards will be open to credentialed members of the press and broadcast on BNET.
Pre-set time for cameras: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 2:15 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

The morning of the 10th, Vital Voices and Avon will host a Breakfast Meeting of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women at 8:30 a.m. at the Department of State. Secretary Clinton founded the Vital Voices Global Partnership, a leading international NGO dedicated to supporting emerging women leaders, after the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to promote the advancement of women as a U.S. foreign policy goal. Breakfast speakers will include Alyse Nelson, President of Vital Voices; Reese Witherspoon, Global Ambassador for the Avon Foundation; and Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO of Avon Products. Secretary Clinton will not attend the breakfast.

The Vital Voices Breakfast Event will be open to credentialed members of the press and broadcast on BNET.
Pre-set time for cameras: 7:00 a.m. at the C Street Entrance.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:15 a.m. at the 23rd Street Entrance.

On the evening of the 10th, Secretary Clinton will present an award at the ninth annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at 6:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. Secretary Clinton will present the Global Trailblazer Award to Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation. Other presenters include Vital Voices Honorary Co-Chair Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair, Avon Global Ambassador Reese Witherspoon, Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung, NPR’s Michele Norris, New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof, CNBC’s Suze Orman, Academy Award-winning Actress Sally Field, Artist Angelique Kudjo, Businesswoman Sheila Johnson, Vital Voices Chair Susan Davis, Vital Voices Vice Chair Bobbie Greene McCarthy, and Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson.

The Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards will be open to credentialed members of the press. Media interested in attending should RSVP to tammy@letitshineinc.com.

Press Contacts:

U.S. Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492

U.S. Department of State
Office of Global Women's Issues
Ruth Bennett
bennettre@state.gov

Vital Voices
Tammy Sun
(917) 992-6901
tammy@letitshineinc.com

Hilary Perry
hilary@onairstrategy.com
www.vitalvoices.org




PRN: 2010/216