Tuesday, June 14, 2005


The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for web sites, recognized CAEPV’s GirlsAllowed.org website as “Webby Worthy,” a distinction made for the first time this year to recognize sites exhibiting remarkable achievement.

Hailed as the “Online Oscars” by Time Magazine, The Webby Awards are determined by The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, a global organization with a membership that includes musician David Bowie, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, The Body Shop president Anita Roddick, “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser, and fashion designer Max Azria.

“The Webby Awards honors the outstanding web sites that are setting the standards for the Internet,” said Tiffany Shlain, creative director and founder of the Webby Awards. “GirlsAllowed’ Webby Worthy selection is a testament to the skill, ingenuity, and vision of its creators.”

Said Kim Wells, executive director of the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV), “We are honored to be recognized by such a distinguished judging panel against such outstanding competition. We are proud of the GirlsAllowed.org site because it helps young girls build a foundation for healthy relationships at such a critical time in their lives. When we add new ‘webisodes,’ we strive to bring relevance, greater understanding and confidence to our target audience of girls, ages 11-14.”

Added Wells, “Without the vision and creativity of the team at Media Options, and the leadership of our GirlsAllowed.org sponsors, young girls wouldn’t have tools like GirlsAllowed.org to help them through the difficult pre-adolescent and adolescent years.”

The 9th Annual Webby Awards received a record number of entries from more than 40 countries and all 50 states. Winners were announced on May 3, 2005 and honored at a gala event in New York’s landmark Gotham Hall on June 6, 2005.

Founded in 1996, the Webby Awards are known worldwide for their famous five-words-or-less acceptance speeches.

About GirlsAllowed.org
GirlsAllowed.org is an animated web site for girls 11 to 14. It is designed to engage girls as “allowed” (welcome) and “aloud” (having a voice) with a focus on helping girls learn to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships before becoming involved in potentially abusive relationships. The program features an animated teen friend named “Anni” whose “space” is the center for information, activities, games and life lessons. Each weekday, a new animated "life lesson" (one of a series of 70) appears on the website, giving girls the opportunity to follow stories involving various people in Anni's life—stories about body image, dating pressures, being a good listener, handling conflict, and of course, identifying healthy and unhealthy relationships. To find out more, visit www.girlsallowed.org

About The Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence
GirlsAllowed.org was created by the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence (CAEPV), a leading force in the fight against partner violence through education. CAEPV was the first national non-profit organization founded by and comprised of business leaders to address intimate partner violence by leveraging the strength and resources of the corporate community. CAEPV believes that business plays an essential role in raising awareness of the issue and that their sustained efforts will help reduce and ultimately eliminate partner violence. To find out more about CAEPV, go to www.caepv.org.

About Media Options, Inc.
Media Options, Inc. developed the GirlsAllowed.org website for CAEPV. Media Options, Inc. is a Chicago-based company with offices in Los Angeles. Founded in 1982, the company today is a leading developer of innovative education programs in interactive, web, DVD and print media for not-for-profits, professional organizations and corporations who want to reach their important internal and external audiences most effectively. For more information about Media Options, go to www.mediaop.com.

About the Webby Awards
Called the “Oscars of the Internet” by the New York Times, the Webby is the leading international award honoring excellence in Web design, creativity, usability and functionality. Established in 1996, the 9th Annual Webby Awards received more than 4,000 entries from all 50 states and over 40 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of the Webby Awards include: The Creative Group; Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines; IDG; Fortune and FSB; 2advanced Studius; The Online Publishing Association; PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Rackspace Managed Hosting. For more information, visit www.webbyawards.com.

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