was among 10 recipients of the second annual Women's World Awards, honored for their extraordinary achievements in a variety of fields. During a star-studded and emotional ceremony in Leipzig, Germany on November 29, host Mikhail Gorbachev presented awards to Ms. Hatcher and other prizewinners, who included Linda Evangelista
, Donatella Versace
, Catherine Deneuve
and Lisa Stansfield
The event, which attracted an array of international celebrities and more than 250 television teams and journalists, paid tribute to the unique contributions of the winners as inspirational role models for millions of women around the world.
Ms. Hatcher, star of the hit TV show, "Desperate Housewives
," said, "It is remarkable that something as simple as television can empower us to create change and awareness in the world. I am blessed to be able to work at a job I love and also give back in the most vital way -- to people in need."
Mr. Gorbachev, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, former president of the Soviet Union, and current president of the World Awards Organization, presented the following awards to the recipients:
- Catherine Deneuve (World Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement)
- Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan (World Tolerance Award)
- Sabine Christiansen, Germany's leading television host (World Media Award)
- Donatella Versace (World Fashion Award)
- Alison Lapper, who has challenged society's preconceptions on disability (World Achievement Award)
- Linda Evangelista (World Style Icon Award)
- Lisa Stansfield (World Arts Award)
- Teri Hatcher (World Actress Award)
- The mothers of SOS Children's Village (Women of the Year Award)
- Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York (World Social Award)
The highly emotional awards ceremony brought tears to the eyes of guests and honorees. Among the distinguished speakers was Claudia Roth, former German Human Rights Commissioner, who said, "It is only right to honor the achievements of women in general. I think it is an excellent idea that women from very different areas are awarded this prize, and I am especially happy for having been given the chance to speak here today and praise the accomplishments of these special women."
Ms. Bhutto, in accepting her award, commented, "For me personally, this is a very special moment. But, even more, I think it is an important moment for all women and the politics of tolerance all over the world."
Margarete Gehring, from the SOS Children's Village in Lech Ammersee, accepted the honor on behalf of the 5,500 mothers of the SOS Children's Villages around the world, who give permanent homes and stable environment to children who have lost their parents or can no longer live with them. She said, "It is humbling and gratifying to receive such an honor from such a great man. It inspires us to do more."
Among the other notables who spoke or performed at the event were Christopher Lee
("Lord of the Rings
"); Klaus Meine
from the rock band "The Scorpions
"; Christina Stuermer, Austria's top female singer; and Germany's leading television host Arabella Kiesbauer.
The WORLD AWARDS, established in Vienna in 2000 by best-selling Austrian author Georg Kindel and Former President Mikhail Gorbachev, is one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the world. Since 2004, extraordinary women in the arts, entertainment, fashion, and social causes fields have been honored for their accomplishments at a special gala event. Previous WORLD AWARDS winners include Sir Paul McCartney
, Oprah Winfrey
, Michael Douglas
, Ted Turner, Simon Wiesenthal, Steven Spielberg
, Bianca Jagger, Morgan Freeman
, Dionne Warwick
, HH Pope John Paul II, Christopher Reeve
, Whitney Houston
, Richard Branson, Larry King, Luciano Pavarotti
, Yusuf Islam aka Cat Stevens
, Christiane Amanpour, the New York Firefighters, Naomi Campbell
, Robert C. Gallo and the Women of the Special Olympics.