Secretary Clinton Speaks At Institute

Secretary Clinton Speaks At Institute

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed emerging women leaders from post-conflict countries as part of the two-week Women in Public Service Project Institute being held at and organized by Bryn Mawr College from July 7-19.

Clinton, who launched the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) as Secretary of State in 2011, gave her remarks on Tuesday, July 9, at Bryn Mawr’s Thomas Great Hall. Her remarks were streamed live and are available for view here.

The Institute is a two-week program for emerging women leaders from post-conflict countries organized by Bryn Mawr, and co-sponsored by the U.S. State Department, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars as part of the WPSP. The Institute is intended to enhance leadership and conflict resolution skills and delegates’ effectiveness in peacebuilding and development. Delegates will also meet with a number of women leaders in Philadelphia and with members of Congress during the course of the Institute.

The 51 delegates attending the Institute come from 38 nations in transition from regions throughout the world, including the Balkans, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and Central and South America.

Many of the delegates have compelling personal stories that have led them to assume their current positions as agents for change. The delegates include:

  • Azra Jafari is the first and only female mayor in Afghanistan. Jafari completed her education in Iran while living there as a refugee. She returned to Afghanistan in late 2001 after the removal of the Taliban.
  • Nisan Ahmado is a Syrian journalist and activist.
  • Agnes Igoye is a training manager with Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. Igoye witnessed firsthand the atrocities of war in her country.  For more on Igoye, see this Clinton Global Initiatives video.
  • Mary Mwende of Kenya is only 22 and a student at the American University in Dubai. She has been an ambassador of the Global Give Back Circle since 2006. For more on Mwende, see this Microsoft Youth Spark video.

Other confirmed speakers for the Institute in addition to Clinton include prominent Bryn Mawr alumnae such as Alice Rivlin, founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Angela Kane, U.N. High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Other speakers include Melanne Verveer, the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO, Women’s World Banking, and Rafif Jouejati, director of the non-profit organization FREE-Syria.

For more information, visit The Women in Public Service Institute at Bryn Mawr College: Peacebuilding and Development website.


About Hillary Rodham Clinton:
Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States on January 21, 2009. Secretary Clinton joined the State Department after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator. In 2000, Hillary Clinton made history as the first First Lady elected to the United States Senate, and the first woman elected statewide in New York. With former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, Secretary Clinton worked to launch the government’s Vital Voices Democracy Initiative. Secretary Clinton was instrumental in launching the Women in Public Service Project in 2011.

About Bryn Mawr College:
Bryn Mawr College is a vibrant, diverse community dedicated to the highest academic standards, women’s empowerment, and preparing students for leadership roles in a global environment. Founded in 1885, Bryn Mawr was the first women’s college to offer its students the opportunity to earn the Ph.D. The College’s commitment to academic excellence continues today, as evidenced by its top ten standing among all colleges and universities in the percentage of students who go on to receive a doctorate after earning a Bryn Mawr undergraduate degree.

About the Women in Public Service Project:
Launched in 2011 by then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and five leading women’s colleges (Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and Wellesley), the WPSP is now housed at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and has grown to include Scripps, Mills, and Mount St. Mary’s Colleges; City University of New York; the University of Massachusetts system; and other partner institutions around the word. The goal of the Project is “50 by 50”: 50 percent of public service positions worldwide to be held by women in 2050.