Gala ceremony featuring Monica Bellucci, Kelly Clarkson and Marianne Faithfull airs Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. ET (Toronto, Canada) CosmoTV is set to air the exclusive Canadian presentation of the 2009 Women’s World Awards. Recorded for global television broadcast on March 5, 2009, from the awards gala in Vienna, Austria, this two-hour special premieres on CosmoTV on Saturday, April 4 at 7 p.m. ET. Based on the World Awards established in 2000 by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, the 2009 Women’s World Awards were presented in 12 different categories to extraordinary women from around the world whose achievements contribute to furthering self-determination, gender equality, freedom and the elimination of all forms of social and economic discrimination. Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan was this year’s award presenter. The 2009 Women’s World Award winners are: Monica Bellucci – World Actress Award The internationally acclaimed Italian actress was honoured for her deeply moving performances in numerous films, including The Passion of Christ and the Oscar®-nominated Malèna, which have brought her devoted fans around the world. Anastacia – World Artist Award The American singer with the riveting voice has sold more than 34 million CDs and is one of the most popular recording artists of our time. She received the award for her immense contributions to music as well as her sustained involvement in social causes. Bar Refaeli – World Style Award The supermodel from Israel is one of the most famous faces in the world, gracing the covers of Elle, Cosmopolitan and GQ. She has worked for Ralph Lauren and Victoria’s Secret and is the cover model for the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Angela Missoni – World Fashion Award The Italian designer at one of the world’s most famous fashion houses was honoured for her trendsetting and unique designs which have reinvigorated the brand and again made it into one of the leading brands in the world. Kelly Clarkson – World Entertainment Award The artist who was voted the first American Idol in 2002 is currently residing on top of the American charts. She was honoured for helping to popularize a new entertainment genre that has become a worldwide success – just like she has. Nujood Ali – World Hope Award This 10-year-old girl from Yemen was forced into marriage at the age of eight to a 30-year-old man. She refused to accept her fate and successfully fought for a divorce. She was honoured for inspiring millions of women around the world with her unbelievable courage. Betty Williams – World Achievement Award The Irish Nobel Peace Prize laureate was honoured for her sustained support for children in conflict areas through her organization World Centers of Compassion for Children International. Marilyn Carlson Nelson – World Business Award Named one of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women, this visionary American entrepreneur and chair of the Carlson Group, which owns over a thousand hotels around the globe, was honoured for her business acumen and her continued commitment to economic growth in these turbulent times. Claudia Cardinale – Benazir Bhutto World Tolerance Award She is one of the most celebrated actresses of European cinema and has created a fascinating legacy through almost 90 films. For over 10 years she has been a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, traveling the world as a spokesperson for women’s rights. She is actively involved in many important causes and received the honour for her sustained humanitarian contributions. Esther Mujawayo-Keiner – World Social Award She survived the genocide in Rwanda with her three children, though her husband, parents and many family members were killed. Together with other widows she founded AVEGA (Association for Widows of Genocide) to give surviving women and orphans a voice as well as much-needed support. She received the award for her humanitarian achievements. Elle Macpherson – World Career Award Together with Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, Australian model Elle Macpherson was part of the first generation of supermodels in the nineties. Breaking the mold of many models, she also succeeded as a businesswoman with her own agency, label and fashion designs. Marianne Faithfull – Lifetime Achievement Award A British icon of the 60s and 70s, Marianne Faithfull continues to make mesmerizing and deeply moving music. She has expanded her horizons and moved successfully into acting for which she has received a great deal of acclaim. She was honoured for her remarkable contributions to popular music. The World Awards were established in 2000 in Vienna by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union, and Austrian journalist Georg Kindel and were originally conceived as an international honour for men who have had a positive impact on the world. Among the previous award winners are: Paul McCartney, Ted Turner, Simon Wiesenthal, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Richard Branson and Pope John Paul II. In 2004, the Women’s World Awards were initiated as a separate awards ceremony and have been held in Hamburg and Leipzig, Germany, as well as in New York City. Previous Women’s World Award winners include: Ingrid Betancourt, Benazir Bhutto, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Lucy Liu, Oprah Winfrey, Donatella Versace, Christiane Amanpour, Claudia Schiffer, Mary J. Blige, Catherine Deneuve and Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space. 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