Hillary Clinton Presents Human Rights Awards

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at Georgetown University on Monday, February 5 on the importance of women’s participation and leadership in advancing human rights, justice and peace.

Secretary Clinton presented awards to two young women who have overcome tremendous personal adversity and become powerful voices for women’s rights in conflict.

  • Nadia Murad, a former captive of the Islamic State, is a Yazidi human rights activist and United Nations’ Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.
  • Wai Wai Nu, a Rohingya woman and former political prisoner, is a committed civil society advocate for human rights, democracy, and peace in Myanmar.

Lyce Doucet, BBC’s chief international correspondent, was honored with the Global Trailblazer Award for her courageous war reporting and her efforts to spotlight the impact of conflict on women and children. She moderated a conversation among the participants.

Secretary Clinton’s remarks are part of an annual Hillary Rodham Clinton awards ceremony hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

The awards are bestowed annually by Georgetown for advancing women’s role in creating a more peaceful and secure world. Last year, the awards were presented to four Colombians who ensured women’s voices were included in the nation’s peace agreement with the FARC.

Secretary Clinton is the honorary founding chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.