Tahirih Sends Delegation to Women in the World Summit

Posted April 11, 2012

Layli and Oprah(NEW YORK, NY) – On March 9, 2012, a Tahirih Justice Center delegation of 10 staff and key supporters attended Newsweek and the Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit at the Lincoln Center in New York City. Tahirih’s representatives were part of an elite group participating in conversations on the cutting edge of women’s rights.

The Women in the World Summit’s guest list boasted a who’s-who of women’s rights advocates. Attendees included current and former US Secretary of States Hillary Clinton and Madeleine Albright, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Oprah, and star journalists including Barbara Walters, Christiane Amanpour, and Andrea Mitchell.

During the Summit, Executive Director Layli Miller-Muro accepted the DVF People’s Choice Award at the DVF Awards Ceremony at the United Nations, an event sponsored by designer and philanthropist Diane Von Furstenberg. The Award included a $50,000 grant for the work of the Tahirih Justice Center and provided an opportunity to share our work with a larger audience. Tahirih Board Member Debra Winger introduced Layli, who spoke about the plight of Tahirih’s clients. Backstage, Layli connected with the other honorees and guest presenters, but was most touched and star-struck by Oprah’s empathy. “She cupped my cheek with her hand and insisted, ‘I know you. Your client was on my show in 1997—thank you for all that you do.’ I was honored she remembered me and our work,” reports Layli.

Watch video from the DVF Awards, including Debra’s introduction and Layli’s speech

This article is a part of Tahirih’s Spring 2012 Newsletter.