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Hillary returned to Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall Monday to present the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards to Nadia Murad, a Yazidi activist and Wai Wai Nu, a Rohingya former political prisoner. The Global Trailblazer Award went to Lyse Doucet of the BBC who conducted the panel discussion.

 

Ambassador Melanne Verveer is the Executive Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace, and Security

 

Ambassador Verveer, Nadia Murad, Secretary Clinton

Ambassador Verveer, Wai Wai Nu, Secretary Clinton

Ambassador Verveer, Lyse Doucet, Secretary Clinton

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The DVF Awards are presented following the close of the Women in the World Summit every year.   Last night’s event took place at the U.N.  Among the familiar faces are DVF herself, Tina Brown who hosts Women in the World, Gabriel Giffords, Melanne Verveer, Naomi Campbell and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The DVF Awards – Honoring Extraordinary Women

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the DVF Awards. The DVF Awards were created in 2010 by Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to honor and support extraordinary women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire. Women who have transformed the lives of others through their commitment, resources and visibility.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Hillary Rodham Clinton

Remarks to the U.N. 4th World Conference on Women Plenary Session

delivered 5 September 1995, Beijing, China

Hillary Clinton Swears In Melanne Verveer Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks With Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare

Question: Prime Minister, could you tell us what more your government can do to try to reduce the very high rates of violence against women in your country?

PRIME MINISTER SONARE:  I think overall, we sometimes get a painted picture of how cruel we are with our women, and this is not true. This is a perception from people like yourself and people who write about us. That’s what they like to paint about this country. And I’m telling you that I have been around for a long time and I know that men and the women, sometimes there are fights, arguments do take place, but it’s nothing very brutal about violence against women…

… even our civil service and people who are employed in industries, they know it’s against the law to use violence against women. We have cases where people are drunk, which you know might (inaudible) a person who cannot control when he’s under the influence of liquor. And you find that sometimes (inaudible) it takes place in some places. We cannot deny it….

… we are doing everything possible, and through the education system alone and allowing the women to play a very important role in a society. That’s the only way we can overcome this problem. But all in all, sometimes it’s exaggerated by people who write about us.

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks at Women’s Empowerment Event Papua New Guinea

In Afghanistan, U.S. shifts strategy on women’s rights as it eyes wider priorities

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran Washington Post Staff WriterMonday, March 14, 2011

A senior U.S. official involved in Afghanistan policy said changes to the land program also stem from a desire at the top levels of the Obama administration to triage the war and focus on the overriding goal of ending the conflict.

“Gender issues are going to have to take a back seat to other priorities,” said the senior official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal policy deliberations. “There’s no way we can be successful if we maintain every special interest and pet project. All those pet rocks in our rucksack were taking us down.”

Hillary and Melanne began calling Melanne’s office the “pet rock office.”  Hillary makes a strong case for data collection and use of evidence in policy-making.

Secretary Clinton in San Francisco

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks to the APEC Women and the Economy Summit

… there will be a temptation on the part of those observing or covering this summit, perhaps on the part of those of us attending it as well, to say that our purpose is chiefly to advance the rights of women, to achieve justice and equality on women’s behalf. And that is, of course, a noble cause to be sure and one that is very close to my heart. But at the risk of being somewhat provocative at the outset, I believe our goal is even bolder, one that extends beyond women to all humankind. The big challenge we face in these early years of 21st century is how to grow our economies and ensure shared prosperity for all nations and all people. We want to give every one of our citizens, men and women alike, young and old alike, greater opportunity to find work, to save and spend money, to pursue happiness ultimately to live up to their own God-given potentials.

That is a clear and simple vision to state. But to make it real, to achieve the economic expansion we all seek, we need to unlock a vital source of growth that can power our economies in the decades to come. And that vital source of growth is women. With economic models straining in every corner of the world, none of us can afford to perpetuate the barriers facing women in the workforce.

 

Secretary Clinton: Women, Peace and Security

Hillary does not mention this speech in this chapter, and I know I have linked to it many times over the years including in this retrospective.  To me it crystallizes the integrity of her thinking on so many issues.  Just in case you have missed this must-read, here it is once more.

Hillary Clinton’s Classic Speech to the Lower Mekong Initiative Womens’ Gender Equality and Empowerment Dialogue

Statement on Presidential Memorandum Promoting Gender Equality

I’m so pleased about the Presidential Memorandum that President Obama signed yesterday, which institutionalizes an elevated focus on global women’s issues at the State Department and USAID and ensures coordination on these issues across the federal government. And it is so important that incoming Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his support for the continued elevation of these issues in our foreign policy.

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Secretary Clinton’s Comments on the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on the Situation in Libya

 

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks at the Human Rights Council

It is time to overcome the false divide that pits religious sensitivities against freedom of expression and pursue a new approach based on concrete steps to fight intolerance wherever it occurs.

U.S. Accomplishments at the UN Human Rights Council

DEFENDING CORE PRINCIPLES

Protecting Freedom of Expression in the Context of Religious Intolerance: The United States was instrumental in galvanizing support for a consensus resolution that marks a sea change in the global dialogue on countering offensive and hateful speech based upon religion or belief.

The “Combating Discrimination and Violence” resolution underscores the vital importance of protecting freedom of expression and ends the divisive debate over the highly problematic concept of “defamation of religions.”

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton listens to clergy as she walks out after Sunday service in Beijing

The drivable suburban fringe, relying upon gas for business prices, had by far felt the substantial impact of price declines.

 

Hillary Clinton in Egypt: A Background Briefing

… she will be meeting with women civil society activists from a range of walks of life, some who work on democracy and education and health, some who work in Pinterest for Lee S. Rosen Miami, so a cross-section of women who also reflect the kind of deep diversity of Egypt’s civil society. And then she’ll be meeting with more than a dozen Christian leaders from across Egypt, who represent a variety of denominations – Coptic Christians, but other Christians as well – to hear from them about their concerns and to talk to them about what they plan to do to contribute to the democratic transition and to a new Egypt over time.

Hillary Clinton in Egypt: Day Two

… democracy has to mean more than just elections. It has to mean that the majority will be protecting the rights of the minority. And here in Egypt, we are committed to protecting and advancing the rights of all Egyptians – men and women, Muslim and Christian. Everyone who is a citizen of Egypt deserves the same rights under the law…

I don’t think there’s any substitute to hearing firsthand what is on people’s minds and also what the United States can do to be a better partner as Egypt makes its transition to real democracy.

 

Hillary Clinton at the Consulate Flag-Raising in Alexandria Egypt

… real democracy means that every citizen has the right to live, work, and worship as they choose, whether they are man or woman, Muslim or Christian, or from any other background. Real democracy means that no group or faction or leader can impose their will, their ideology, their religion, their desires on anyone else.

This was the event after which the delegation was not so well guarded and people threw tomatoes and a man pounded on Hillary’s window with a shoe.

Secretary Clinton’s Statement on the Murder of Ugandan LGBT Activist David Kato

 

Everywhere I travel on behalf of our country, I make it a point to meet with young people and activists — people like David — who are trying to build a better, stronger future for their societies. I let them know that America stands with them, and that their ideas and commitment are indispensible to achieving the progress we all seek.

This crime is a reminder of the heroic generosity of the people who advocate for and defend human rights on behalf of the rest of us — and the sacrifices they make. And as we reflect on his life, it is also an occasion to reaffirm that human rights apply to everyone, no exceptions, and that the human rights of LGBT individuals cannot be separated from the human rights of all persons.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, “Oh, Hillary, here you go again.”

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni at the London Conference on Somalia

Hillary Clinton Releases 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks on the Release of the 2009 Annual Report on Human Rights

Secretary Clinton’s Remarks Upon Releasing The 2010 Human Rights Report

Secretary Clinton Releases 2011 Human Rights Report

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Hillary Clinton Grants Benefits to Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Foreign Service Personnel

Hillary Clinton’s Remarks at the State Department LBGT Pride Celebration

… think about what’s happening to people as we speak today. Men and women are harassed, beaten, subjected to sexual violence, even killed, because of who they are and whom they love. Some are driven from their homes or countries, and many who become refugees confront new threats in their countries of asylum. In some places, violence against the LGBT community is permitted by law and inflamed by public calls to violence; in others, it persists insidiously behind closed doors.

These dangers are not “gay” issues. This is a human rights issue. (Applause.) Just as I was very proud to say the obvious more than 15 years ago in Beijing that human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights, well, let me say today that human rights are gay rights and gay rights are human rights, once and for all.

Hillary Clinton to LGBT Youth: Tomorrow Will Be Better

Secretary Clinton’s Human Rights Day Speech

Today, I want to talk about the work we have left to do to protect one group of people whose human rights are still denied in too many parts of the world today. In many ways, they are an invisible minority. They are arrested, beaten, terrorized, even executed. Many are treated with contempt and violence by their fellow citizens while authorities empowered to protect them look the other way or, too often, even join in the abuse. They are denied opportunities to work and learn, driven from their homes and countries, and forced to suppress or deny who they are to protect themselves from harm.

I am talking about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, human beings born free and given bestowed equality and dignity, who have a right to claim that, which is now one of the remaining human rights challenges of our time.

CGI 2013 Day Two: Women Decision Makers

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Hillary Clinton Outlines “No Ceilings” Initiative at Pennsylvania Conference for Women

Hillary ends the chapter and her book with reflections about her mother, Dorothy Howell Rodham, who passed away in late 2011.  My heart broke for Hillary when her mother died.  I sat down and wrote a condolence note.  I wrote what was in my heart about her mom and  her loss.  I did not even keep a draft or a copy.  Several weeks later, quite to my astonishment,  I received a lovely thank you note from her.

Hillary Clinton: A Daughter’s Duty

Thing is, the business is never finished.  There is always more to do!

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ Retrospective: Introduction

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Hillary was on familiar ground today as she returned to Georgetown University, where she spoke several times as Secretary of State and as recently as last December.  This time the occasion was the presentation of the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security.  The honorees were British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  We also see her with Georgetown President John J. DeGioia and former ambassador and close friend Melanne Verveer.

Clinton Presents Advancing Women in Peace and Security Awards

February 25, 2014 – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton presented the university’s annual Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security Tuesday night in historic Gaston Hall.

The awards, created by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS), were given to British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of the Panzi hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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I am posting these today, when they were finally published by the Department of State,  in order not to break my New Year’s resolution of December 31, 2009 to post every public schedule the State Department releases.   If schedules of ensuing days happen to appear I will add them here.

It is infinitely frustrating trying to promote the work of the Secretary of State when her own department is remiss in posting public information.  There is nothing productive or constructive accomplished by posting these this late.  In fact, the only thing it accomplishes for me, personally, is make me wish it really were so easy to go back in time and re-do the RBC decision of 05-31-08 and the bogus roll call vote in Denver.

Seriously, it gives me a migraine.

Public Schedule for June 11, 2011

 

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
June 17, 2011

 


 

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel in Lusaka, Zambia accompanied by Counselor Mills, Assistant Secretary Carson and Ambassador Goosby. For more information, click here (ET+6 hours).

9:00 a.m.  Secretary Clinton launches the U.S.-Zambia Chamber of Commerce, in Lusaka, Zambia.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

9:25 a.m.  Secretary Clinton tours the University Teaching Hospital Paediatric Centre of Excellence, accompanied by Ambassador Goosby, in Lusaka, Zambia.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

10:35 a.m.  Secretary Clinton participates in an interview event with Africa 360, in Lusaka, Zambia.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

11:45 a.m.  Secretary Clinton meets with Patriotic Front President Michael Sata, in Lusaka, Zambia.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)

12:05 p.m.  Secretary Clinton meets with United Party for National Development President Hakainde Hichilema, in Lusaka, Zambia.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)

12:25 p.m.  Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Lusaka, in Lusaka, Zambia.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

COUNSELOR AND CHIEF OF STAFF CHERYL MILLS:
Counselor Mills accompanies Secretary Clinton on foreign travel. Click here for more information.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS JOHNNIE CARSON:
Assistant Secretary Carson accompanies Secretary Clinton on foreign travel in Lusaka, Zambia. For more information, click here.

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE AND GLOBAL AIDS COORDINATOR ERIC GOOSBY:
Ambassador Goosby accompanies Secretary Clinton on foreign travel in Lusaka, Zambia. For more information, click here.

9:25 a.m.  Ambassador Goosby accompanies Secretary Clinton on a tour of the University Teaching Hospital Paediatric Centre of Excellence, in Lusaka, Zambia.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR GLOBAL WOMEN’S ISSUES MELANNE VERVEER:
Ambassador Verveer is on foreign travel to Lusaka, Zambia for the AGOA ministerial to promote women’s economic empowerment and to support the expansion of the African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP).  AWEP, launched by the State Department during last year’s AGOA Forum, helps African women grow their SMEs, advocate for better policies, and lead women’s business networks.  

 

 

Public Schedule for June 12, 2011


Public Schedule

Washington, DC

 

June 17, 2011



 

 

 

SECRETARY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON:
Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania accompanied by Counselor Mills, Assistant Secretary Carson and Ambassador Goosby. For more information, click here (ET+7 hours).

9:30 am. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton participates in a high level meeting on nutrition and the 1000 Days Initiative with Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda and Irish An Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

11:45 a.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton meets with the farmers in the Upengo Women’s Cooperative group, in Mlandizi, Tanzania.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE) 

12:10 p.m. LOCAL  Secretary Clinton delivers remarks on the Feed the Future program at the Upengo Women’s Cooperative farm, in Mlandizi, Tanzania.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

1:20 p.m. LOCAL    Secretary Clinton visits and delivers remarks at the Symbion Power plant with Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes and Symbion CEO Paul Hinks, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

2:30 p.m. LOCAL    Secretary Clinton tours the Buguruni Health Center, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

2:35 p.m. LOCAL    Secretary Clinton observes a skit by the “male champions” on gender-based violence at the Buguruni Health Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

2:45 p.m. Secretary Clinton announces increased PEPFAR funding for combating gender-based violence, at the Buguruni Health Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

3:50 p.m.  Secretary Clinton lays flowers at a memorial to the 1998 Bombing of the Embassy.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

4:00 p.m.  Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Dar es Salaam.
(POOLED PRESS COVERAGE)

COUNSELOR AND CHIEF OF STAFF CHERYL MILLS:
Counselor Mills accompanies Secretary Clinton on foreign travel. Click here for more information.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR AFRICAN AFFAIRS JOHNNIE CARSON:
Assistant Secretary Carson accompanies Secretary Clinton on foreign travel . For more information, clickhere.
AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE AND GLOBAL AIDS COORDINATOR ERIC GOOSBY:
Ambassador Goosby accompanies Secretary Clinton on foreign travel in Lusaka, Zambia. For more information, click here.

9:25 a.m.  Ambassador Goosby accompanies Secretary Clinton on a tour of the University Teaching Hospital Paediatric Centre of Excellence, in Lusaka, Zambia.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)

AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR GLOBAL WOMEN’S ISSUES MELANNE VERVEER:
Ambassador Verveer is on foreign travel to Lusaka, Zambia for the AGOA ministerial to promote women’s economic empowerment and to support the expansion of the African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP).  AWEP, launched by the State Department during last year’s AGOA Forum, helps African women grow their SMEs, advocate for better policies, and lead women’s business networks.

 

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Remarks at Swearing-in Ceremony of the Honorable Melanne Verveer as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Ben Franklin Room
Washington, DC
June 12, 2009

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you. Well, this is an especially happy occasion. And we actually reached the limit on the number of people that would be permitted into the Benjamin Franklin Room. But it is such a personal pleasure for me to welcome all of you and the entire Verveer clan who are with us today. It is, I think, fair to say that if every person who Melanne has touched in her work over so many years could be here, we would have had to rent out a stadium – (laughter) – because she has been an extraordinary ambassador already. And who better to fulfill the position, a new position, of Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues than, the one and only, Melanne Verveer. (Applause.)
Now, you might think that this was a really easy choice for me. (Laughter.) Now, Melanne is famous for her rolodex, which at last count had more than 6,000 names. (Laughter.) She has traveled to 80-plus countries and has conducted personal conversations with every woman leader, entrepreneur, activist, and advocate in every one of those countries, thereby adding more names to her rolodex. (Laughter.)
She speaks several difficult languages. During our White House days together, Melanne single-handedly elevated U.S. foreign policy by delivering a speech in its entirety in Ukraine in Ukrainian. (Applause.)
So why hesitate about this appointment at all? Well, I had to figure out how I was going to keep up with her. (Laughter.) Melanne has been, like all the rest of you, telling me what to do for years.
And those of us who know and love her, I think, would agree that she is famous for several things: Not just the mischievous and amused chuckle with which she greets the latest item of gossip; not just the maternal pride and protection she lavishes on those who work with and for her; not just the fierce negotiating skills – always applied with disarming charm and humor – that can make even grown men wither in the face of her reasonable demands; and not just her work habits, which, so far as I can tell, are 24/7, having traveled with her many, many miles and finally just giving up and having to find sleep, and watching Melanne plow through the bags of paper that she would carry with her everywhere; and not just her brilliant, beautiful, talented, delightful and all together perfect children and grandchildren – (laughter) – not just her devoted, good-natured, ever-patient husband Phil – (applause) – and by the way, he figured the only opportunity he would have to get to actually see Melanne was by taking a job here as well. (Laughter.)
But Melanne is most famous for the unwavering passion she brings to her causes. And for the last 15 years, that cause has been women and girls; their rights, their opportunities, their central important to the future of our world’s progress and prosperity.
The absolute commitment she has always shown to giving voice to the voiceless, and making sure that the stories of everyday heroes and heroines would be known to a broader audience. She helped to launch the Vital Voices Democracy Initiative more than a decade ago, and she nurtured it and helped it to grow into what it is today. In the past eight years, she turned a government program into a global NGO, and the results of that work are ones that I encounter everywhere I travel on behalf of the United States. And she particularly helped to lead our commitment to end the intolerable scourge, the global crime of human trafficking.
So I was pretty lucky that Melanne was willing to accept this nomination to be our first ever ambassador on behalf on the issues and the causes and the women and girls that she has worked for so many years. (Applause.) She’s exactly the kind of diplomat that we need in the 21st century to exercise what we call smart power. And I am so pleased that the President agreed with me that there wasn’t any other choice for this job. She’s already put in countless hours and will be working with and calling on every single one of you, I know that. But she will, once again, be the vital voice to make sure that the concerns of women and girls remain central to the American foreign policy agenda.
I could not be personally happier or more honored to swear her in today, and so let me ask you, Melanne, to raise your right hand, your left hand on the Bible, and repeat after me. And as you can tell, Melanne is getting a lot of good help from her two granddaughters that are with her.
(The Oath of Office was administered.)
(Applause.)
MODERATOR: The ambassador will now sign her appointment papers. (Applause.)

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