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The Ms. Foundation for Women's 21st Annual Gloria Awards: A National Salute to Women of Vision
Date:5/21/2009

shments as a founding mother of the Ms. Foundation and the contemporary women's movement," says Sara K. Gould. "For decades, Gloria has inspired countless women across race and class to let loose their rebellious, activist selves. Meanwhile, Gloria draws her own inspiration from women organizers who are the experts on their own lives and whose vision and solutions hold the power to transform society and benefit us all. Tonight, in Gloria's name, we honor three of these women as well as an amazing donor activist and a bold corporate foundation."

The 2009 Women of Vision Awardees are:

Naina Khanna, Director of Policy and Community Organizing at Women Organized to Respond to Life-threatening Disease (WORLD). Naina supports, educates and mobilizes women living with and affected by HIV/AIDS to advocate for policy change that meets their unique and, often, unmet needs. Naina serves on the leadership team of the National Women and AIDS Collective, housed at the Ms. Foundation, coordinates the U.S. Positive Women's Network and co-chairs the policy workgroup for the National AIDS Strategy Coordinating Committee.

Gina Womack, Director and Co-Founder of Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC). Gina is an impassioned community organizer dedicated to creating a better life for all of Louisiana's youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system. Under her leadership, FFLIC has helped reduce the number of juveniles in detention in Louisiana from 2,000 to 541 (2000-2007) and the number of security guards in New Orleans schools by more than 50 percent.

Kirbie Platero, Marie C. Wilson Young Woman's Leadership Award recipient, is a member and community organizer at Young Women United. Kirbie is a 19-year-old activist, mother and artist working
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