The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton to Address Women for Women International’s Annual Luncheon

MEDIA ADVISORY

DATE: March 24, 2017

WEBSITE: www.womenforwomen.org  

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Teisha Garrett, Communications Director, media@womenforwomen.org or 202-521-9606

The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton to Address Women for Women International’s Annual Luncheon

The former Secretary of State will address women, peace, and security at the organization’s Annual Luncheon.

March 24, 2017, Washington, D.C. – Women for Women International will feature former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in a thoughtful conversation moderated by Christiane Amanpour, Host, Amanpour, and Chief International Correspondent, CNN, at its Annual Luncheon in New York City on May 2, 2017 at 583 Park Avenue. The event will bring attention to the resilient spirit of women in conflict and post conflict zones and highlight their strength and courage to rebuild their communities and their lives after war.

This year’s luncheon will focus on the important role women play in peace and security. As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton led the efforts to enact the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security which she called a “comprehensive roadmap for accelerating and institutionalizing efforts across the United States government to advance women’s participation in making and keeping peace.” In her work, Secretary Clinton, has led the fight to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, end child and forced marriage, and to usher in the voices of women in every aspect of peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

Women for Women International’s President Laurie Adams remarked, “Secretary Clinton has said the only way to reduce the number of conflicts around the world, to eliminate rape as a weapon of war, to combat sexual violence, and to build sustainable peace is to draw on the full contributions of women. We believe that this conversation will bring attention to the critical need for resources for the world’s most marginalized. The women survivors of war and conflict we serve want to earn a living, raise their families, and participate in the decision making in their homes and communities. We could not be more pleased to hear from Secretary Clinton’s wealth of knowledge.”

Secretary Clinton has a long history with Women for Women International having honored them as First Lady in 1995 and received the organization’s Champion of Peace Award at the 2013 Annual Gala Awards.

The Women for Women International New York events attracts hundreds of business leaders and philanthropists and raises awareness of the organization’s work. Past participants have included: Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor; James Wolfensohn, former President of the World Bank Group; Nicholas Kristof, award-winning journalist and author; Lucy Liu, actress and activist; Dr. Denis Mukwege, surgeon and founder of the Panzi Hospital; Samantha Power, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations; Alice Walker, novelist and poet; Christiane Amanpour, journalist; and Sebastian Junger, war journalist and documentary filmmaker. 

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About Women for Women International

Since 1993, Women for Women International has supported over 447,000 of the most socially-excluded women survivors of war in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Northern Iraq where it recently began to support Yezidi, Syrian and Iraqi women affected by the conflict in the region. Through Women for Women International’s 12-month program, women learn about their rights, as well as key life, vocational, and business skills to access livelihoods and break free from trauma and poverty.

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