Washington, DC—Secretary Clinton will speak at Georgetown on Friday, March 31 on the important role that women can play in international politics and peace building efforts.
Her remarks are part of an annual Hillary Rodham Clinton awards ceremony hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS). This year, Secretary Clinton will bestow the awards on four Colombians who helped to ensure the successful outcome of Colombian peace efforts.
The event is open to members of the Georgetown community and the media. It will take place at 10:30 a.m. in Gaston Hall. It will also be livestreamed.
Secretary Clinton has been a strong advocate for the role of women in peace processes as an important means to end hostilities and achieve sustainable peace. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton launched the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security during a speech at Georgetown University. She is the honorary founding chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
The Hillary Rodham Clinton awards are bestowed annually by GIWPS for exceptional leadership in recognizing the important role of women in creating a more peaceful and secure world. The 2017 awards celebrate the historic peace agreement that ended over 50 years of conflict in Colombia. Secretary Clinton will present awards to:
- Mr. Humberto De la Calle, lead negotiator for the Colombian government and former Vice-President of Colombia;
- Maria Paulina Riveros, one of highest ranking members of the Colombian negotiating team, co-chair of the Gender Sub-Commission, and deputy attorney general of Colombia;
- Elena Ambrosi, thematic director of the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace and a key member of the Colombian government’s negotiating team in Havana;
- Jineth Bedoya, a journalist and advocate for victims of sexual violence.
Last year, the award was presented to Special Representative to the Secretary General for Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, for her commitment to eradicating sexual violence. Past recipients also include UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, Philippines chief negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Congolese humanitarian Dr. Denis Mukwege, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Guatemalan Attorney General Claudia Paz y Paz.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security efforts worldwide through cutting edge research, global convening and strategic partnerships. GIWPS is led by Melanne Verveer, Former US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.
Sarah Rutherford, Georgetown University