Eight of the Iranian democracy movement’s prominent diaspora leaders presented a united vision for Iran’s future for the first time since the 2022 uprisings began at a summit this week, hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
Madeleine Albright, the first woman U.S. secretary of state, died of cancer on Wednesday, Mar. 23. She was 84 years old. She served many roles in the executive branch throughout her storied career, including President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to the United Nations and later his secretary of state.
As a tribute, we compiled some of her best remarks about her work as a women’s rights champion. Rest in power, Secretary Madeleine Albright.
The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Index from Georgetown University provides a simple ranking and comprehensive picture of women’s inclusion, access to justice and security in 170 countries.
Norway is the top performer. Afghanistan was ranked the worst. Where does your country rank?
Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowee talks about her experiences with war and journey to being a peacemaker.
“I did what I had to do, at a time that was necessary. I wasn’t looking for any accolades. I would do it again, even if there wasn’t a Nobel Peace Prize. … That prize, that has my name on it, says we recognize the role of grassroots, rural, community women as nurturers and sustainers of their society.”
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security ranked women’s rights and opportunities across 50 states and the District of Columbia, revealing vast differences in the status of women across America.
How does your state score?
What can we do? That is what Dr. Denis Mukwege asked us all when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his work with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Aweng Ade-Chuol was born in a Kenyan refugee camp. As a child she immigrated with her family to Australia, where she was scouted by a modeling agency. Today, at age 22, she is a world-famous model who advocates for mental health and equality—especially for refugee girls.
Opal Tometi co-founded Black Lives Matter in 2013 alongside activists Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors.
“It should be no real surprise to people that Black Lives Matter was founded by three women. However, I find often people are surprised to learn that. The fact is that Black women and women, period, are oftentimes key architects of social movements.”
Ziauddin joined Malala Yousafzai in creating the Malala Fund for girls education.
“I was encouraging Malala not just to be an educated girl, but to be a girl who is a girl known by her own name.”
Nadia Murad is a survivor. In 2014, when she was just 19 years old, ISIS militants carried out a genocide against her Yazidi community, a minority group of 500,000 people in Northern Iraq.
Today, Murad is working to bring ISIS to justice for their genocide against the Yazidi community and rebuild what ISIS destroyed in Iraq through her organization Nadia’s Initiative.