Clinton sees 'watershed moment' for women's rights

Clinton sees 'watershed moment' for women's rights
© Getty Images

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE on Monday said women were at a "watershed moment" in history as she paid tribute to women's rights activists in an event at Georgetown University.

"I think this is a watershed moment, and a powerful reminder of how important it is to make sure women have a place at any table where decisions are made," Clinton said as she presented the Hillary Rodham Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security.

"Advancing the rights, opportunities and full participation of women and girls is the great unfinished business of the 21st century," she added. "I intend to keep fighting to pursue this agenda and to remain on the front lines of democracy."

ADVERTISEMENT
This year's recipients included Wai Wai Nu, a Rohingya activist who spent 18 years in a Myanmar prison, and Nadia Murad, who was abducted by ISIS at the age of 19. Lyse Doucet, the chief international correspondent for the BBC, received the Trailblazer Award for her work reporting on women and children trapped in war zones.

“The steady drumbeat of women speaking out about their experiences has never been stronger," Clinton added, honoring the recipients with the awards from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

Clinton joined the activists for a panel discussion.

“If you know what is happening to you, it is your responsibility to respond to it and work on it,” Nu said.

Speaking through a translator, Murad said the key to promoting peace was to "teach the children." She spoke of children she encountered who had been "brainwashed" by ISIS to kill.

Doucet described how she had to fight to get access to interview women in the Middle East.

“Women always want to tell their own stories. Sometimes they need journalists like me to amplify their voice,” she said.

“We are not going back and women’s voices are not shutting up,” Clinton said, to close the event.

The awards are given annually to “individuals advancing women’s role in creating a more peaceful and secure world.” The awards were founded in 2011 by Clinton and John DeGoia, the president of Georgetown University.

Brett Samuels contributed.