Global Leadership Awards
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended the 13th annual Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on June 17, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Clinton, who founded Vital Voices Global Partnership in 1997, has participated in the event every year since 2002.
The Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards honor and celebrate women leaders around the world working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity and protect human rights. Honorees this year include women from Syria, Iraq, Tanzania, India and Guatemala. This year’s presenters included, among others, CBS News anchor Norah O'Donnell and fashion designer and activist Diane von Furstenberg.
Past honorees and presenters have included Oscar winner Sally Field, Angelina Jolie, Aung San Suu Kyi, Ben Affleck, Reese Witherspoon and Malala Yousafzai.
Dr. Victoria Kisyombe|Tanzania
Economic Empowerment Award
An entrepreneur who redesigned the traditional model of micro-finance to better serve Tanzanian women.
Human Rights Award
A social worker who pioneered night shelters for the at-risk children of prostituted women in India.
Claudia Paz y Paz|Guatemala
Leadership in Public Life Award
The first female attorney general in Guatemala, she strove to restore faith in justice by combatting a culture of impunity.
Fern Holland Award
A lawyer who created one of Iraq's first legal clinics to support impoverished women and survivors of violence.
Global Trailblazer Award
A Syrian lawyer and human rights activist who advocated nonviolent resistance before she was abducted for reporting on abuses and crimes of war.
More about the awards:
The Economic Empowerment Award recognizes an innovative leader who finds solutions to expand economic opportunities, relieve poverty, or increase the financial inclusion of marginalized communities.
The Human Rights Award honors a leader who takes action to protect and restore the rights, safety, and dignity of all people, especially women and girls who have been exploited by gender-based violence.
The Leadership in Public Life Award recognizes a leader in government or civil society who speaks out for and advances freedom, justice, and equality.
Since 2004, the Fern Holland Award has been given annually in tribute to the legacy of American lawyer and human rights activist Fern Holland, who was killed while working for women’s rights in Iraq. The award honors a leader who takes tremendous risk to promote peace and defend the human rights of a targeted or vulnerable community.
The Global Trailblazer Award recognizes a pioneer whose vision, contribution, and leadership has broken through barriers, elevated an issue to the world stage, and brought people together to take action that hastens shared progress.