The Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards, celebrated annually in Georgetown’s Gaston Hall, recognizes leaders whose work has made the world more peaceful and stable for women. This year’s recipients are the Hon. Patricia Espinosa, Dr. Marina Pisklakova-Parker, Palwasha Hassan, Dr. Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda and Guo Jianmei.
“Each of these five women have shown exceptional courage, creativity, strength, wisdom and of course, leadership,” said Clinton, who is an honorary founding chair of GIWPS. “Let them be a reminder to us to keep up this fight. We have a lot at stake, and we need women leaders from every corner of the globe to continue to stand up, to speak up, and yes, to seek power.”
This year’s awards commemorated the 25th anniversary of the historic 1995 United Nations’ World Conference on Women in Beijing, a turning point for women’s rights in which 189 countries adopted an action plan for gender equality. At the conference, Clinton famously said, “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”
The five award recipients all attended the 1995 conference in Beijing. A quarter of a century later, three of the five reunited in Gaston Gall to reflect on their work in the years since to build a more peaceful, stable world for women.
Speakers at the event, including Clinton, President John J. DeGioia and GIWPS Executive Director Melanne Verveer, underscored the award recipients’ advancement of women’s rights since 1995, and the progress still needed for equality around the world.
“As we continue to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1995 world conference, we recognize the resounding impact of the words Secretary Clinton offered that day, words that animate our convening today,” President John J. DeGoia said in his opening remarks. “We are honored to present the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Peace and Security in recognition of the leadership of Secretary Clinton and the contributions of our awardees, who exemplify what it means to serve, protect and empower vulnerable populations.”