Hillary Clinton awards women leaders advancing peace and security


“Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights,” Hillary Clinton said at the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. 

Her words were reaffirmed at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards, an annual awards ceremony held on campus that recognizes and celebrates women who have advanced global peace and security. The event included remarks from Hillary Clinton and President John J. DeGioia, as well as Melanne Verveer, former U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues and current executive director for the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS).

The 2021 awardees hail from around the world—Mexico, Russia, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and China—and focus their work on a wide range of issues affecting women, from climate change to ending child marriage. Despite facing resistance and threats from authorities, they…

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