Women's Group Honors Former President Clinton as 'Champion of Peace'

Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 05:59 PM

By Paul Scicchitano

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Women for Women International has honored former President Bill Clinton as its 2011 “Champion of Peace.”

Bill Clinton, global, initiative"President Clinton's support of women and girls through Clinton Global Initiative has single-handedly shifted the discussion from a marginal to a central discussion essential to world stability and success,” Women for Women founder Zainab Salbi said in presenting the award to Clinton during the group’s annual gala dinner Nov. 17 in New York City.

“History shall always know that it was his commitment that shifted the issue and gave it much-needed attention,” Salbi said. “I, and all the women I work with, are grateful, grateful and grateful for his leadership."

In accepting the award, Clinton quipped that he is thankful to women for offsetting men’s mistakes. But on a serious note, he advocated empowerment for women and “the liberation of men” from their traditional role as aggressors.

"What [we're] trying to do here is change the behavior of history," Clinton said. "If we do it together, we'll still make some mistakes, but we'll still be stumbling in the right direction."

Women for Women International was organized to provide female survivors of war, civil strife, and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.

The organization, now in its 18th year, has helped more than 316,000 “socially excluded women,” in eight different war-torn countries, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Congo, Iraq, and South Sudan, according to its website.

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