January 31, 2018 – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak in Georgetown’s Gaston Hall Feb. 5 at 11 a.m. on the importance of women’s leadership in advancing human rights, justice and peace.
She also will present the 2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton awards, bestowed annually by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security to individuals advancing women’s role in creating a more peaceful and secure world.
This year’s awardees are Nadia Murad, a former ISIS captive, and Wai Wai Nu, a Rohingya activist and former political prisoner from Myanmar. Both women have overcome tremendous personal adversity and become powerful voices for women’s rights in conflict.
The event is open to members of the university community and the media.
Murad is now a Yazidi human rights activist and United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Nu works as a civil society advocate for human rights, democracy and peace in Myanmar.
A special Global Trailblazer Award will be presented by Clinton to BBC chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet for her courageous reporting on war and her efforts to spotlight the impact of conflict on women and children.
Doucet also will moderate a conversation among the participants.
Last year, the awards were presented to four Colombians who ensured women’s voices were included in that nation’s peace agreement with the FARC.
Clinton is the honorary founding chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
She launched the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown six years ago.
GIWPS, led by former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security efforts worldwide through cutting-edge research, global convening and strategic partnerships.
In partnership with the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, GIWPS has created an index that draws on recognized international data sources to rank 153 countries on women’s wellbeing.
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