Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton Returns to Georgetown
March 27, 2017 – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will address the important role that women can play in international politics and peace building efforts. She will also present four awards during a March 31 ceremony in Georgetown’s Gaston Hall.
The event, hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS), is open to members of the Georgetown community and the media.
The former presidential candidate’s remarks are part of the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security ceremony hosted by GIWPS. Melanne Verveer, who served as Clinton’s chief of staff when she was first lady, is the executive director of the institute.
The 2017 award ceremony celebrates the Colombian peace agreement, which ended the longest armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere.
Champion for Women, Girls
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, she launched the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown in December 2011.
Clinton is also the honorary founding chair of GIWPS.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards
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.
Clinton will present awards to four Colombians at the ceremony:
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 Zainab Bangura, special representative to the United Nations secretary general for sexual violence in conflict, for her commitment to eradicating sexual violence.