SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON CALLS FOR CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AROUND THE WORLD

MEDIA ADVISORY

DATE: May 3, 2017

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SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON CALLS FOR CONTINUED INVESTMENT IN WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT AROUND THE WORLD

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke to a crowd of more than 650 at Women for Women International’s ninth annual luncheon yesterday, May 2nd, 2017 in New York. In a thoughtful conversation moderated by Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent at CNN, Secretary Clinton highlighted the need for continued United States involvement in women’s empowerment and development work around the world.

“I am going to publicly request that this administration not end our efforts making women’s rights and opportunities central to American foreign policy and national security,” Secretary Clinton said.

Investing in the empowerment of women and in global development, especially in countries impacted by conflict and war, is not only right, but also a worthwhile investment that will impact the United States’ security and prosperity, Secretary Clinton argued as she called on everyone to support the efforts of Women for Women International.

“Historically, Women for Women International has worked in some of the most difficult places in the world: conflict zones, post-conflict zones, places where violence, particularly violence against women and children is a threat for everyone…” Secretary Clinton said.

Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) as served more than 462,000 women survivors of war in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Northern Iraq. Through Women for Women International’s comprehensive 12-month program, women learn about their rights and health, and gain key life, vocational, and business skills to access livelihoods and break free from trauma and poverty. “As a direct result of our program, our graduates are able to triple their income, allowing them to move from poverty to subsistence,” Jan Rock Zubrow, Women for Women International’s Board Chair said at the luncheon.

Also speaking at the luncheon, Laurie Adams Women for Women International’s President highlighted the importance of investing in women’s rights around the world- especially right now with increased conflict around the world.

“Women for Women International is on the ground helping to ensure peace and prosperity continues and we could not do so without your support,” Laurie Adams said.

Secretary Clinton argued that while we have made tremendous progress in increasing access to rights and opportunities for women, we still have a long way to go.

“Women’s rights is the unfinished business of the 21st century,” she said and “What we have to do is to raise up organizations like Women for Women International that are really on the front lines…”

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About Women for Women International

Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has served more than 462,000 women survivors of war in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan and Northern Iraq. With a long-term vision for sustainable change and development, WfWI works with the most marginalized and socially-excluded women so they have the skills, networks, and tools they need to rebuild their lives, communities, and nations. Through Women for Women International’s comprehensive 12-month program, women learn about their rights and health, and gain key life, vocational, and business skills to access livelihoods and break free from trauma and poverty.

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