2021 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards: ‘Women’s Rights Are Human Rights’


What: The 2021 Hillary Rodham Clinton awards will celebrate five extraordinary women trailblazers and commemorate the 1995 U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women. The awards are bestowed annually for women’s leadership in creating a more peaceful and secure world.

When: Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, from 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ET

Where: Gaston Hall, Georgetown University and live-streamed via facebook.com/GIWPS


  • The Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th United States Secretary of State; Honorary Founding Chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
  • The Hon. Madeleine K. Albright, 64th United States Secretary of State; Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy, Georgetown University
  • Amb. Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security


  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – UNFCCC (Mexico)
  • Dr. Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Founder & Chair, ANNA – National Center for the Prevention of Violence (Russia)
  • Guo Jianmei, Founder, The Center for Women’s Law Studies and Legal Services (China)
  • Dr. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, African Union Goodwill Ambassador on Ending Child Marriage and Founder & CEO, Rozaria Memorial Trust (Zimbabwe)
  • Palwasha Hassan, Director, The Afghan Women’s Educational Center (Afghanistan)


Media must RSVP to media@georgetown.edu for in-person attendance or livestream link. Attendance is not guaranteed unless confirmed. 

Members of the media attending in person will be required to wear masks and to provide vaccination information.




Patricia Espinosa is a Mexican politician and diplomat who is currently serving as the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Previously, she served as the Mexican Ambassador to Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia and as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico from 2006 to 2012. Espinosa is experienced at the highest levels in international relations, and specialized in climate change, global governance, sustainable development, gender equality and the protection of human rights.

Marina Pisklakova-Parker is a Russian women’s rights activist and the founder and chair of the board of ANNA (National Center for the Prevention of Violence), which coordinates a network of 150 organizations working to combat gender-based violence in Russia. She created the first domestic violence hotline to report domestic abuse in Russia, and has since developed violence prevention training programs for law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors, and advocated for policy changes. Pisklakova-Parker also raises public awareness about the issue of violence against women in Russia. 

Guo Jianmei is a Chinese lawyer and human rights activist. As China’s first public interest lawyer working full-time in legal aid, she introduced the concept of pro bono legal services for marginalized persons in China. Inspired by the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, Guo founded China’s first legal aid clinic, The Center for Women’s Law Studies and Legal Services of Peking University, which continues to protect women’s rights, propose legislation for the government, and publicize the plight of women abused by their husbands, employers or government. Since 1995, she and her teams have offered free legal counseling to more than 120,000 women in China.

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda is a Zimbabwean human rights lawyer currently serving as the Africa Union’s Goodwill Ambassador on Ending Child Marriage. She is also the Founder and Chief Executive of the Rozaria Memorial Trust (RMT), leading policy development and governance work promoting health, education and entrepreneurship for women and children in low-resourced communities. Gumbonzvanda also serves as a Chair of ActionAid International Board & Federation, an NGO working to end poverty.

Palwasha Hassan is the director of the Afghan Women’s Educational Center and founding member of the Afghan Women’s Network. She previously served as a fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Hassan is a dedicated women’s rights and peace activist with a special focus on girls’ education. She has advocated for increasing the political quota for women in the Afghan constitution and pioneered the first women’s legal support organization in Afghanistan, Roazana, as well as the Women and Street Children Center; Madadagar Women and Children Safe Home Network; and Irfan Cultural Center.



Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security seeks to promote a more stable, peaceful, and just world by focusing on the important role women play in preventing conflict and building peace, growing economies, and addressing global threats like climate change and violent extremism. We engage in rigorous research, host global convenings, advance strategic partnerships, and nurture the next generation of leaders. Housed within the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, the Institute is headed by the former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer.