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Brittany Somerset has the following piece in Impacto, covering our In Pursuit of Peace Award Dinner from earlier this month.
On December 16, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Pier in New York City, in recognition of their lifelong dedication to building peaceful, just and open societies in some of the world’s most conflict-affected regions, four dedicated women were awarded the Stephen J. Solarz Award for Commitment to Peace, Justice and Security, by the International Crisis Group at their annual award dinner.
The female honorees included Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey – Guatemala’s first female Attorney General, Sihem Bensedrine – President of the Arab Working Group of Media Monitoring, Shukri Ismail – founder of Somaliland-based non-governmental organization, Candlelight for Health, Education and Environment, and Sima Samar – Chairwoman of the Independent Afghanistan Human Rights Commission.
In addition to award-acceptance speeches by the four distinguished female award recipients, The United States’ most famous political power-couple, former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, addressed the patrons with separate speeches. Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” served as Master of Ceremonies. Grammy-award winning, angel-voiced musician, Sarah McLachlan, provided entertainment for the event, over dessert.
And Casey Coombs had the following write-up in the Diplomatic Courier:
The International Crisis Group’s (ICG) annual In Pursuit of Peace award dinner broke with convention this year in big ways. Rather than patting the backs of politically powerful men like George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George Soros, as in years past, the Stephen J. Solarz prize went to four comparatively unsung women, who have advocated for rights in some of the most forbidding parts of the world, where women, in many cases, cannot even participate in political life, let alone shape it.
ICG’s President and CEO Louise Arbour, together with the evening’s keynote speaker, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton - themselves models of what a feminine touch can bring to the male-dominated peacemaking table - used the occasion to honor their sisters-in-arms, dispel common myths about women in conflict, and announce a U.S.-U.N. policy to increase female participation in peacemaking processes.
“Very often women are depicted only as victims in times of war and conflict,” Ms. Arbour told the Diplomatic Courier as the honorees were arriving. “But I think what we can show tonight is also the rise of the power of women. Not because it’s handed to them, but because they’re willing to exercise it and take it themselves by taking a place in public life.”
A few more shots from last week’s award dinner in New York City.
Click here for video of the Secretary’s complete remarks.
And check out the short tribute videos for our honorees, four extraordinary women: Sihem Bensedrine (Tunisia), Shukri Ismail (Somaliland), Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey (Guatemala) and Sima Samar (Afghanistan).
Dec. 16, 2011: Secretary Clinton delivers the keynote address at the International Crisis Group’s “In Pursuit of Peace” Award Dinner in New York City.
On Friday 16 December 2011 we celebrated our “In Pursuit of Peace” Award Dinner, where U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honoured four women who have dedicated their lives to promoting peaceful, just and open societies in some of the world’s most conflict-affected regions. This video introduces 2011 Honouree Sihem Bensedrine, honoured for her defense of freedom of expression in Tunisia. Thank you to documentary filmmaker Dan Evans for helping to create this video.
But there are certain universal things for which cultures truly need to compromise. There has to be no justification for taking the life of a woman.
Men must convince themselves that beating a vulnerable woman does not represent manhood; it rather represents lack of it. When our sisters and mothers want to work outside and show that they have more ability to serve the society than merely being confined to a kitchen, we should not prevent them from doing so. We should admit that it is wrong to determine a girl’s future husband while she is still in the cradle or her mother’s womb.
Crisis Group held an Award Dinner in New York City last Friday in honor of four extraordinary women who’ve dedicated their lives to promoting peaceful, just and open societies in some of the world’s most conflict-affected regions. You can read more about Sihem Bensedrine, Shukri Ismail, Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey and Sima Samar on crisisgroup.org.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the keynote address, which you can read in full here.
Wall Street Journal reporter Mike Vilensky was in attendance:
Last Friday, President Bill Clinton was running late to the “In Pursuit of Peace” Dinner, an awards ceremony and soiree for the International Crisis Group, held at Pier Sixty in Manhattan, where both he and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were to speak.
Introduced by CNN newsman Wolf Blitzer as “a man that absolutely, positively needs no introduction,” Louise Arbour, chief executive of the Crisis Group, came on stage in lieu of Mr. Clinton. “Fortunately because of the lights I can’t see the looks of disappointment on your faces,” Ms. Arbour joked. “But I’ll take it for granted you were expecting someone considerably taller.”
The former president and Mrs. Clinton eventually arrived, and they dined with guests including billionaire investor George Soros and singer Sarah McLachlan.
The Crisis Group, a nongovernmental organization preventing and resolving global conflicts, honored human-rights activists Shukri Ismail, Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey, Sihem Bensedrine and Sima Samar. (Ms. Ismail heads a health organization based in Somaliland; Ms. Paz Bailey is the attorney general in Guatemala; Ms. Bensedrine is a journalist in Tunisia; and Ms. Samar heads a human-rights organization in Afghanistan.)
And Swanee Hunt has this to report in the Daily Beast:
An hour later, Secretary Clinton gave her rousing keynote. She and I have had many a conversation over the years about our shared passion for bringing women into the concept of security. In her speech, she reminded us that of the 300 peace accords signed in the last 20 years, half have failed. “What’s missing from the peace talks?” asked the secretary. “One answer is women.”
War has changed, but the way we approach peace hasn’t. The secretary emphasized that we need a new way to build lasting stability—and that new way is the untapped power of women.
She described vast networks of women in almost every conflict zone, whether lawless mountains of Pakistan or “up-country” in the forests of Liberia.
Women are preventing wars and healing stricken communities. When we recognize that, we’re looking at global security from a new perspective.
Clinton emphasized that most men aren’t warmongers, and women aren’t universally altruistic. In fact, we make peace because it’s the smart thing to do. Women understand the cost of war because we pay that debt long into the future—through psychological trauma, pregnancy and HIV/AIDS from mass rapes, schools and clinics destroyed, and family ties broken. But most important, women want to protect their children. “Sustainable peace” is not just a set of buzzwords to us or to them; it’s an imperative for a secure home as well as a secure world.
We’ll post other news stories about the night as they come in.
Secretary Clinton will deliver two major speeches in the coming days on Women, Peace and Security.
- At 7:30pm on December 16, at the International Crisis Group’s annual In Pursuit of Peace AwardDinner, the Secretary will lay out the case for the critical role women play in making peace and achieving lasting security.
- At 2:30pm on December 19, at Georgetown University, the Secretary will discuss new efforts across the U.S. Government to support women’s participation in peace and security, including plans to better protect women from conflict-related violence and promote women’s leadership and perspectives in all aspects of conflict prevention, resolution, relief, and recovery.
Both events will be open to credentialed members of the media. Details for each event follow below.
Media Contact for December 16 Event: Kimberly Abbott at 202-441-4404.
For December 19 Event, Please RSVP to: Rob Mathis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-687-4328.
International Crisis Group’s annual In Pursuit of Peace Award Dinner
On December 16 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Pier in New York City, in recognition of their lifelong dedication to building peaceful, just and open societies in some of the world’s most conflict-affected regions, the International Crisis Group will award Sihem Bensedrine, Shukri Ismail, Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey and Sima Samar the Stephen J. Solarz Award for Commitment to Peace, Justice and Security. Wolf Blitzer, anchor of CNN’s “The Situation Room,” will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and Grammy-award winning musician Sarah McLachlan will provide entertainment for the event.
Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, the International Crisis Group is an independent, non-governmental organization committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. With 140 staff, covering more than 50 situations of conflict or potential conflict worldwide, Crisis Group puts original field research and policy recommendations in the hands of leaders able to end violent conflict.
Reserve your ticket or table today for Crisis Group’s In Pursuit of Peace Award Dinner in New York on 16 December 2011. Limited space available.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on the vital role that women play in advancing international peace and security. With CNN’s Wolf Blitzer presiding as master of ceremonies and a special performance by Grammy-winning recording artist Sarah McLachlan, it promises to be a spectacular evening. Join Crisis Group President Louise Arbour and event co-chairs Frank Giustra, Rita Hauser, Marc Lasry, andMark Malloch-Brown, as well as many others from the business and diplomatic communities for a most memorable occasion in support of Crisis Group’s mission to prevent and resolve deadly conflict.
Keynote by U.S. Secretary of State
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON
Chief Editor, Radio Kalima, Tunisia
Chairperson, Candlelight, Somaliland
Attorney General, Guatemala
Chairperson, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Crisis Group will present these honorees with the Stephen J. Solarz Award for Commitment to Peace, Justice and Security in memory of its late co-founder.
Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers
West 23rd St. & the Hudson River
New York City
6.00pm — VIP Reception
6.30pm — Reception
7.30pm — Dinner
Black Tie Optional
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Anchor, The Situation Room
with Wolf Blitzer, CNN
Rita E. Hauser
and Executive Director, UN Women
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Former Prime Minister of Norway
Colin L. Powell
Former U.S. Secretary of State
TABLE AND TICKET LEVELS
$100,000 PLATINUM TABLE
Includes priority seating for two tables of twelve, access to VIP reception, opportunity to host an honoree at your table, prominent online listing, full page journal ad, acknowledgement from the podium
$50,000 GOLD TABLE
Includes priority seating for one table of twelve, access to VIP reception, opportunity to host a Crisis Group Program Director at your table, prominent online listing, full page journal ad
$25,000 SILVER TABLE
Includes priority seating for one table of ten, opportunity to host a Crisis Group staff member at your table, online listing, half page journal ad
$15,000 CRYSTAL TABLE
Includes one table for ten, opportunity to host a Crisis Group staff member at your table, online listing, half page journal ad
$10,000 PATRON TABLE
Includes one table for eight, recognition in printed material
VIP Reception, priority seating
Wesley K. Clark
Herman De Bode
Neil & Sandra DeFeo
Seth & Jane Ginns
Ford Nicholson & Lisa Wolverton
Thomas R. Pickering
Zelmira Koch Polk
Annalu Ponti & Geoffrey R. Hoguet
We invite you to join us for an evening with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honoring four women who have dedicated their lives to promoting peaceful, just and open societies in some of the world’s most conflict-affected regions.
Chief Editor, Radio Kalima, Tunisia
Chairperson, CandeLight, Somaliland
Claudia Paz y Paz Bailey
Attorney General, Guatemala
Chairperson, Independent Human Rights Commission, Afghanistan
In memory of its late co-founder, Stephen J. Solarz, Crisis Group will present these honorees with the Stephen J. Solarz Award for Commitment to Peace, Justice and Security.