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GU to Honor Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush at State Department

Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush

At a State Department luncheon tomorrow, President John J. DeGioia will present Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush with awards for their work with women and children.

March 20, 2012 – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush will be honored for their work with women and children tomorrow by Georgetown’s Center for Child and Human Development (CCHD) and the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council.

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia will present the awards at a U.S. Department of State luncheon.

Clinton is going to receive the Caring for Children Lifetime Achievement Award from the CCHD.

Lifetime Contributions

The award to Clinton recognizes people “who have made a lifetime achievement or lifetime contribution to serving vulnerable children and making a difference to vulnerable children,” says Phyllis Magrab, CCHD director. “In the past, it has been given to such well-known people as Dr. C. Everett Koop, Rosalynn Carter and George Soros.”

Bush is being honored for her work with women and children in Afghanistan, and will receive the Champion for Afghan Women award from the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council.

The council connects the U.S. and Afghan governments with the private sector, academics and non-governmental organizations to improve the lives of women and children in Afghanistan.

“Mrs. Bush initiated this council,” Magrab says. “She’s been involved with Afghan women and girls for at least a decade or more and continues to be an honorary advisor to the council.”

Numerous Programs

Created in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush and current Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, the council has created scholarships and literacy programs, promoted Afghan women entrepreneurs, built schools, trained midwives and opened a burn center in Kabul.

The council has been housed at Georgetown’s Center for Child and Human Development since 2009.

DeGioia co-chairs the public-private partnership with Melanne Verveer, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues and the foreign minister and minister of women’s affairs of Afghanistan.

First Teachers

Verveer holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in languages and linguistics from Georgetown.

One of the council’s newest projects will be Mothers as First Teachers in Afghanistan, inspired by Clinton’s Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), a program she established to help parents with little formal education prepare their children for preschool.

The project, a collaboration with CCHD, is in honor of Clinton, for her work with the council and in Afghanistan for women and girls, Magrab says.


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