"As long as violence against women, sexual or otherwise, remains strictly and exclusively a women’s issue, it will always be an issue. We men must own this and we must recognize it as vital to our own survival. And we must help our brothers see it as such."

- Ben Affleck, 2009 Presenter

"An event like this can really make a difference. I have seen it in the faces of those women who know that they're not laboring in vain. I've seen it in the networks that have been created to support them. And I've seen it in the changed attitudes of governments and leaders."

- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

"In honoring me, you are honoring the 700,000 women who are standing behind me. You may not see them, but they are here in spirit — their stories, their struggles and their triumphs echo throughout this hall."

- Jaya Arunachalam, 2005 Honoree

"It is an award to recognize the full human rights of our girls and of our women, but most of all, it is a reminder of the remaining task for equality, development and peace in our respective nations."

- Mu Sochua, 2005 Honoree

"This award, you must know, is going to protect my life...No one can silence me because I have new friends — you are my friends — and you are watching over me."

- Anabella de Leon, 2003 Honoree

Global Leadership Awards


On June 16, 2015 the 2015 Global Leadership Awards recognized five women whose leadership and bold ideas are shaping the future. Honorees included women from Cameroon, Myanmar, Pakistan, Tunisia and Guatemala. Each honoree leads with courage, creativity and determination. They bring about the world they envision by strengthening democracy, creating economic opportunity and protecting human rights. 

This year's event included special guest President Bill Clinton, Founder of the Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, and distinguished presenters Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley, Spanx founder Sara Blakely, Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field, and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace President Bill Burns

Among others, our past honorees have included: Nobel Peace Prize winners Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar and Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan. We also have the privilege of being joined by an exceptional group of global leaders, celebrities and media representatives, who serve as presenters and speakers during the awards ceremony.

Vital Voices founder, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has attended the Global Leadership Awards nearly every year since its inception. Past presenters include Vice President Joe Biden, Sally Field, Wolf Blitzer, First Lady Laura Bush, Diane von Furstenberg, Angelina Jolie, Chelsea Clinton, Ben Affleck, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, America Ferrera, Ann Curry, Norah O'Donnell and Tina Brown, among many others.

View the Photo Gallery from last year's inspiring event. 


2015 Honorees







Kah Walla | Cameroon

A political leader in Cameroon who mobilizes the talent, power and potential of citizens to create a more equitable society.







Yin Myo Su | Myanmar 

A conservationist and entrepreneur who is shaping a movement for socially responsible business in Myanmar. 







Samar Minallah Khan | Pakistan

A Pakistani anthropologist who makes films that encourage cultural change to end violence against women.








Amira Yahyaoui | Tunisia

An activist who is fostering citizen engagement, transparency and democracy in Tunisia.







Karla Ruiz Cofiño | Guatemala

A Guatemalan entrepreneur who helps people connect with the world and use their influence to improve it.