Conrad N. Hilton
Women for Women International is awarded the 2006 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation presents the annual award to an organization that "significantly alleviates human suffering."
"Women for Women International has demonstrated that it can create change and stability within a society by providing women survivors with the tools and resources to rebuild their lives. The organization also gives women the training and confidence to engage in their communities', and ultimately their nation's economic, political and social structures," said Steven M. Hilton, chairman and CEO of the Hilton Foundation."We are incredibly proud and grateful to receive the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, and to be the first women's organization recognized with this honor," said Zainab Salbi, Founder of Women for Women International. "It reinforces our vision that stronger women build stronger nations and encourages us to work harder to bring the voices and concerns of the women we serve to the forefront."
Commenting on the Hilton Prize Jury's selection of Women for Women International as this year's Prize recipient, Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics, Harvard professor and Hilton Prize juror, said, "Women for Women International has sharply identified the nature and complexities of a much neglected need associated with wars – the urgency of providing rehabilitation to people, particularly women, left destitute, impoverished or displaced by the hostilities." He added, "The organization is already protecting millions of lives from short-term agony and long-term ruination."
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Zainab Salbi, Women for Women International Founder, gives her closing remarks at the Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize Ceremony. Watch the Video
Zainab Salbi talks about the effects of war on women and about women as the pace setters in every community. Watch the Video