On Oct. 5, Hillary Clinton and Georgetown honored women peace leaders, including CNN anchor, journalist and war correspondent Christiane Amanpour for her trailblazing reporting and uplifting of women’s voices and stories from Afghanistan to Iran.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security (GIWPS) recognized Amanpour and three other awardees from Yemen, Syria and Sudan at the 2023 Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards, an annual ceremony that celebrates exceptional women leaders who promote women’s rights and create a more peaceful and secure world.
During this year’s ceremony, GIWPS honored Amanpour; Ghalia Alrahhal, a human rights advocate and executive director of the Mazaya Organization for Women’s Development in Syria; Muna Luqman, founder and executive director of Food4Humanity and a peace and security leader in Yemen; and Alaa Salah, a civil rights, human rights and democracy activist in Sudan.
“We gather again this year to keep up the momentum, to recognize the roles that women play in peace and security and to keep urging that more governments and more multilateral institutions do more to include women’s voices,” said Clinton, the honorary founding chair of GIWPS.
GIWPS, led by Executive Director Ambassador Melanne Verveer, also leads cutting edge research, convenes agenda-setting events and symposia and advances global policy through efforts like their Onward for Afghan Women initiative and the Women, Peace and Security Index. The awards are an opportunity to highlight the women and individuals who are leading government and grassroots efforts to advance women’s rights around the globe.
“We’re deeply grateful for this opportunity to recognize each of you at this ceremony, entitled ‘Voices for Peace: Celebrating Courageous Women in Journalism and Peacebuilding,’” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “I want to thank you for your leadership for your outstanding achievements, forging paths for peace, democracy, human rights and the inclusion of women’s voices around the world.”