Hillary Clinton to Present Human Rights, Peacebuilding Awards at Georgetown


Awardees include UN human rights chief, former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton will speak at Georgetown University on Friday, September 27 at 11:00 am on the importance of women’s participation and leadership in advancing human rights, justice, and peace.

Clinton and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia will present awards to three women who are powerful voices for human rights in their international and local positions.

  • Michelle Bachelet will receive an award for her strong leadership as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and her precedent setting achievements for women as the first female president of Chile (2006 – 2010 and 2014 – 2018), the first female defense minister of Chile and Latin America, and the first executive director of UN Women.

Clinton will also recognize the importance of women’s leadership in combating gang violence in Central America:

  • Rosa Anaya is rehabilitating prison inmates in El Salvador through Second Chances, a program of Catholic Relief Services.
  • Virginia Martes Velásquez is empowering women and providing services to survivors of violence in Choloma, Honduras through Movimiento de Mujeres de la Colonia López Arellano (MOMUCLAA).

The event is open to Georgetown University students, faculty, and staff and the media.

Clinton’s remarks are part of an annual Hillary Rodham Clinton awards ceremony hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS). Last year, the awards were presented to Nadia Murad—who subsequently received a Nobel Peace Prize—along with Rohingya activist Wai Wai Nu and BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet.

Secretary Clinton is the honorary founding chair of GIWPS, which examines and highlights the role of women in peace and security efforts worldwide through cutting edge research, global convenings, and strategic partnerships. It is led by Melanne Verveer, Former US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

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