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Hillary Clinton Presents Human Rights Awards at Georgetown University


(audience applauds) – Good morning, everyone, and welcome to this awards program to honor extraordinary
leadership in advancing women and peace and security. I want to give a very special welcome to our remarkable honorees and to their relatives and friends who have traveled here to be with them. I also want to welcome the
members of our diplomatic core, ambassadors of Finland,
Kosovo, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Albania, as well as officials with the Canadian and British embassies. Georgetown has always
recognized our obligation to engage with the pressing
challenges of our time and to seek ways to contribute to the flourishing of
our global community. As our president, Jack
DeGioia, has observed there are many approaches
to the complex work of building sustainable peace or realizing the full development
of our diverse societies, yet one theme emerges,
the importance that women are full participants and valued
leaders in global affairs. And, that is the focus of our
coming together this morning. In December of 2011,
then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, came to Georgetown to launch the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. On that occasion, the
president of the university also announced the creation of the Georgetown Institute for
Women, Peace, and Security. It would pioneer innovative
research and scholarship that is evidence based, work
to bridge theory and practice, and bring together global leaders to advance women’s participation
in peace and security. As the secretary said at that time, “Whether it’s ending conflict,
managing a transition, “or building a country,
the world cannot afford “to continue to ignore
half the population.” This is not a women’s issue. It cuts to the heart of
our national security and the security of people everywhere. The institute recently
released a new global index on women, peace, and
security that was undertaken with our Norwegian partners. The index for the first
time ranks 153 countries on the status of women’s
inclusion, justice, and security. We are thrilled that Secretary Clinton is back with us today. Over 20 years ago, as first lady, she made an historic speech
on behalf of the United States at the UN Conference on Women
that took place in Beijing. She said then that it
is not longer acceptable to discuss women’s rights as
separate from human rights and went on to pronounce words that would echo around the world. “Human rights are women’s rights, “and women’s rights are human rights.” It marked a key moment in
the empowerment of women, as women’s rights were chiseled
into international law, and it sparked a worldwide movement that continues to this day. Those years found her
traveling to over 75 countries on behalf of progress for women and girls, speaking out for example against the treatment of Afghan women, leading efforts to
combat human trafficking, helping to support women
in Northern Ireland who were involved in the peace process, and as she continued to
champion these issues as the first elected woman
senator from New York and then as secretary of state, she reminded us that women’s issues are critical to national security and elevated them as a central component of US foreign policy. And, as you all know, in 2016
she became the first woman to run for president of the United States as the nominee of a major political party and won the popular vote,
so please welcome… (audience cheers) Please welcome the honorary founding chair of the Georgetown Institute
for Women, Peace, and Security, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. (audience cheers) – Hello! Thank you. Hello, Georgetown. It is great to be back here, and I am delighted to join you for this awards ceremony once again. I want to thank Melanne
who has been my partner, my colleague, and my
friend for decades now. There’s an old expression
you’ve probably heard. If you want something
done, ask a busy woman. Well, I have to say that is
Ambassador Melanne Verveer summed up very well. The Institute for Women,
Peace, and Security is a testament to her vision as well as her sheer determination to make that vision a reality. I also want to thank President DeGioia. He truly embodies the Georgetown motto of “men and women for others,” and his leadership about
so many important matters, but particularly this institute
is absolutely extraordinary. You know, this university and
this institute have flourished because so many people
have seen its merit, and have understood that
it was filling a gap that many didn’t even know existed, so I always am delighted
to return to the hilltop and to sing the praises
along with all of you of heroic women and men
who have been recognized over the years for their
commitment to advancing women and peace and security. So, be prepared to be humbled,
inspired, and energized. They are particularly relevant this year when the steady drumbeat
of women speaking out about their own experiences
has never been stronger. I think this is a watershed moment, and a powerful reminder
of how important it is to make sure that women
have a place at any table where decisions are made from the C-suite, to media, to government, to
the peace table, everywhere. We can all do a better job of making this a priority every day, and
as Americans standing up for human rights and against
injustice around the world is vital. I would argue, it is
part of the American DNA. It is also, however,
important to be clear-eyed about the challenges we
face in our own country. That’s true whether we are grappling with endemic harassment and assault, threats to women’s health
and reproductive rights, or pay disparities and
other persistent inequities in our own economy. But, no one should ever underestimate the power of women and
girls, not only to improve their own lives, but to
help lift up families, communities, and entire nations. The extraordinary courage and resilience of women and girls in
the face of vast inequity and injustice is humbling. I’ve listened to girls as young as 12 argue forcefully and passionately
against child marriage. I’ve met activists who
risk their own safety to speak out against honor killings. I’ve held the hands of
women and tiny little girls who lived through unimaginable horrors and emerged determined not to be destroyed by what was done to them, but
to do everything they could to prevent others from facing
and enduring what they had. Through it all, I have seen that women are not only victims of war and conflict, but they are agents of
change, makers of peace, and drivers of progress. That was truly the belief
behind the creation of the Georgetown Institute for Women, and Peace, and Security, the first of its kind in
the world, back in 2011. We came together to declare that the issue of women’s full participation
in peace and security could no longer be
relegated to the margins of international affairs, and
in the years that followed the institute has gathered the data to support what we knew in our hearts, that encouraging women’s participation is strategic and necessary to peace, prosperity, and security. The tradition of women
standing up for human rights and democracy stretches across
centuries and continents, from the British suffragists
who fought for and won the right to vote 100 years
ago tomorrow, before we did, to the women around the world
who are at the forefront of taking on urgent global
threats like climate change and violent extremism,
to today’s honorees. There’s Nadia Murad, a former captive of the Islamic state, a
Yazidi human rights activist, who is working to bring ISIS to justice while helping survivors of
genocide and human trafficking heal and rebuild their
lives and their communities. Nadia’s work is close to my heart because for decades we
have tried to take on the global scourge of human trafficking. I started working on it as
first lady, as a senator, as secretary of state. In fact, it was 20 years ago this March that with the help of your professor, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, we worked with the Clinton administration to help change the way that
America saw this issue, to recognize human
trafficking for what it is. Not a cultural artifact, not collateral, but a crime that deserves
to be prosecuted. When we first took on this issue, we addressed what we called the three P’s of prevention, prosecution,
and protection. During my time as secretary of state, we added a fourth partnership. We brought together NGO’s, governments, and the private sector to fight together against human trafficking
and forced labor, and because we know that
this is not an issue that affects only the
far-flung corners of the world, we made sure that for the first time the 2010 Trafficking In Persons report included data on human trafficking here in the United States. This is not just someone else’s problem. This is all of our problem. Our second honoree, Wei
Wei Nu, is a human rights and democracy activist from Myanmar. She spent years as a political prisoner under the Burmese military government. One of the horrors of her imprisonment was being cut off from
everything that was going on in her society, so out of that experience she has worked to raise awareness
and mutual understanding and improve the human
rights of the Rohingya. As secretary of state, when
I introduced Resolution 1888 to the Security Council
of the United Nations, it was just months after
visiting with survivors of mass rape and brutality in the Democratic Republic of Congo. We wanted to bring together
the international community to expand our commitment to
combating sexual violence in conflict zones, and
we created the first US National Action Plan on
Women, Peace, and Security to do just that. It was very gratifying to
see the Congress pass a law to codify that national
plan just last year, and I look forward to seeing
our government implement it. In recent years, the
evidence has only grown to support the fact that
sexual violence in conflict is both a gross human rights violation and a security challenge. It fuels displacement, weakens governance, destabilizes societies. It inhibits post-conflict resolution and imperils the longterm
stability of countries. Clearly, we still have urgent work to do. Just last fall, the current
UN special representative on sexual violence and
conflict traveled to Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands have fled to escape the crisis in Myanmar. She reported that every
single woman she met had either witnessed or
endured brutal sexual assault. The stories of the
atrocities being committed against Rohingya women and girls, some very young girls, should horrify each and every one of us, and more than that should
spear all of us to action. This is not a partisan issue in this time of such great partisanship. In fact, it’s not even a women’s issue. It should be an issue that
goes to the very heart of who we are as human beings,
to our common humanity. Our third honoree, Lyse
Doucet, is a reporter who has worked to shine a
light on the experiences of women and children in conflict, telling the stories that
are too often overlooked. She has reported from some of the most important and dangerous areas in the world and done so with courage,
compassion, and clarity. Good reporting is not only
compelling and enlightening. It is absolutely essential. I still believe in truth, evidence, facts. There is no such thing
as alternative reality, and we have to make sure that
we don’t try to live in it or let anybody else push
us to live in it either. (audience applauds) So, at a time when
expertise, truth, and facts are under siege, the work
of journalists like Lyse is particularly crucial. Now, it’s easy to be overwhelmed
by all that’s going on at the world and on the
world stage and here at home. I know that. I get overwhelmed at
least a dozen times a day. (audience laughs) I’ve spent the last year
traveling the country, meeting people at signings
for my book and other events, listening to what’s on their minds, and I’ve been asked more
times than I can count, “What can we do?” Now, one answer is clear. Advancing the rights, opportunities,
and full participation of women and girls is the
great unfinished business of the 21st century. I intend to keep fighting
to pursue this agenda and to remain on the
front lines of democracy, but the most important
question for everyone here is what can you do? What will you decide to make your mission, your purpose, your passion, to use your education,
your mind, your resolve to make our world a better place? And, in particular, what
can you do to make sure that the lives of women
and girls is never again relegated to the backstage somewhere, seen as frivolous or a
luxury that we can’t afford because of all the other important matters that are facing us? I think the stories of today’s honorees are proof of what’s possible
when we refuse to give in or let our voices be silenced. It is hard to continue to
speak up, speak out, stand up against what you think
of as obvious wrongs, but do not grow weary. Bring a sustained commitment,
think of these honorees, don’t get discouraged, draw hope and inspiration
from each of them, and leave here today
with a renewed commitment to making your own mark on the world. I know that’s what we need more than ever, and I’m very confident
that this university, the students and all of you here today can really make a difference. Thank you all very much. (audience applauds) – Thank you so much, Secretary Clinton, for your inspiring words and
for your ongoing commitment on these issues. It is now time for our honorees. Imagine you’re 19 years old,
as probably some of you are. You’re going to school. You have aspirations for your future, however one day terrorists
come and subject you, your family, and your community
to unspeakable horrors. That’s what happened to Nadia Murad when the Islamic state invaded
her village in northern Iraq and rounded up fellow Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority
whom ISIS viewed as infidels. ISIS killed many members of Nadia’s family and then abducted her. Thousands of Yazidi
men, women, and children were massacred or kidnapped by ISIS, and hundreds of thousands
have been displaced by the violence against
their religious community. Yazidi women have faced additional abuse, the abuse of sexual torture
at the hands of their captors. Many were sold into sexual
slavery at slave markets. Nadia is a survivor. She was one of the fortunate
who managed to escape her brutal captivity, and she has since devoted her life to being a
voice for those left behind. She said it never gets any
easier to tell her story. Each time, she said, she relives it, but she added that it is
the best weapon she has against terrorism, and she
plans on using her voice until the terrorists are put on trial. She has recently written a
book about her experience entitled The Last Girl:
My Story of Captivity and My Fight Against the Islamic State, and I hope you’ll all buy it. She has joined forces with Amal Clooney to insist that the international community bring the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity to justice. She has also founded an organization, Nadia’s Initiative, to help
women in marginalized groups to have a role in stabilizing and rebuilding their communities. In 2016, the United Nations named her the first Goodwill Ambassador
for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. She has experienced in her
life unimaginable brutality, yet despite that pain and suffering she is determined to ensure
justice for the Yazidi people, and she truly wants to be
the last girl in the world with a story like hers. As has been said of her,
Nadia’s resilience and dignity are the most powerful rejection
of what ISIS stands for. Now, for the citation. For her tireless efforts
to support and advocate for the Yazidi people,
urging that ISIS terrorists who perpetrated the atrocities
committed against them are brought to justice, for helping survivors by bringing
their voices to the world and working to break the
stigma of sexual violence and human trafficking that
continues their nightmare, and for her determination
to make it possible that other girls never have to endure the experiences she faced,
Georgetown is proud to present the 2018 Hillary Clinton
Award for Advancing Women in Peace and Security to Nadia Murad. (audience applauds) Wei Wei Nu was an 18 year old law student when her family was sentenced to 17 years in Myanmar’s infamous prison
by the governing military, Junta, as punishment for
her father’s opposition to the brutal regime. During her seven years in prison, she learned from other women
prisoners about the injustices and discrimination faced
by women across Myanmar. She called her incarceration
a university of life. A presidential amnesty in 2012 made possible her release from prison. She was then 25 years old. It was an historic time. Myanmar was embarking on
a democratic transition, and at the same time the country was still mired in struggle in the
armed ethnic conflicts. Wei Wei embraced democratic reforms. She wanted to be an agent
for positive change, determined to address the
violence, intolerance, and inequality afflicting her country. She founded two organizations: The Women’s Peace Network
Arakan and Justice for Women. Through the Women’s Peace
Network she has focused on peacemaking and
efforts to build bridges across ethnic and religious divisions, particularly among young people. And, as a Rohingya, she
understands the horrors of hatred and intolerance. Through her organization Justice For Women she is working to educated
women on their rights and efforts to combat sexual harassment and domestic violence. Wei Wei’s work in Myanmar is critical as the formal peace process
between the government and various armed ethnic groups stalls, as the persecution of
the Rohingya minority goes on in all of its horrific forms and displaces tens of
thousands of Rohingyas. Wei Wei works through civic education, social media campaigns,
and training programs to promote understanding,
justice, and the possibility of a brighter future for her country. Now, the citation. For her unstinting efforts
to build a more peaceful and equitable future for Myanmar, for using her voice to
end ethnic violence, particularly against the Rohingyas, and for advancing progress for women, Georgetown is proud to present the 2018 Hillary Rodham Clinton Award For Advancing Women in Peace and Security to Wei Wei Nu of Myanmar. (audience applauds) If you follow the news on BBC, Lyse Doucet is a familiar voice and face. She has been deployed over many years to cover some of the most
important events of our time from the uprisings of the Arab Spring to all the major wars in the Middle East, from conflicts in Africa to the
wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Lyse has been there. And, she was in Syria during
the early hopeful days of the pro-democracy protests, and she’s been there ever since returning time and again to
cover the unfolding catastrophe. When I reached out to her about this award I found her in Aleppo on her way to Homs. Through her reporting, we have witnessed the worst
humanitarian crisis there since World War II. Lyse takes us beyond the front lines to see the toll on civilians. The intensity of desperation,
the refugee crisis, the plight of women and children, such is the suffering in
Syria that she has made a documentary on the children there to see through her eyes
what is happening to them through their descriptions
and their experiences. She has described her
reporting approach in this way. “I want you to come out
of your living rooms, “and let me take you with me.” It has been a hallmark of her reporting to tell the stories of marginalized and silenced communities, to show the human face of conflict. Among her stories are the stories of women which are often ignored in
the geopolitical narratives of conflict and security: brave women like Nadia,
here with us today, the everyday lives of women in Afghanistan or the remarkable women
fighting for democracy whom she is highlighting
in a new radio series called Her Story Made History. She never forgets their
role in war and peace. When asked if her reporting
made her more or less political, she said, “I have no
hesitation taking the sides “of the people or the children “because they are caught in the middle. “My politics is humanitarian politics.” And, now for the citation. For her courageous international reporting that has been characterized by authority, compassion, persistence, and humanity, for telling the stories of the
people behind the headlines, particularly the women and children, to ensure that their
experiences are reported, and their voices are heard. The better we understand
the consequences of war, the harder we work to achieve peace. Today, Georgetown is proud to present the 2018 Global Trailblazer
Award to Lyse Doucet of the BBC. (audience applauds) And, now we’ll have an opportunity to hear from the honorees
and Secretary Clinton as they are engaged in conversation with a very experienced
interviewer, Lyse Doucet. (audience laughs) When the discussion concludes, we ask that you remain in your seats until our guests have left the room. But Lyse, before we turn
it over to your questions and those that the
students have put forward, I’d like to ask you a question. Whether it’s been in
Afghanistan or in Syria or so many other places, you have highlighted the stories of women. Why do you believe in war coverage it is important to amplify their voices? – Thank you for that question, Melanne. Thank you all of you here today to listen to our questions and answers. I would simply say that’s not up to me. I’m just the storyteller, and wherever I’ve gone whether it’s in the darkest and most forbidding of places women always want to
tell their own stories. Sometimes they need journalists like me to amplify their voice, but
there’s no doubt in my mind that they have their voice. Let me give you just one
short story from Aghanistan and one from Syria, the
lessons I have learnt. And, I know Melanne and Secretary Clinton, you spent a lot of time in Afghanistan. I was in a remote corner
of northern Afghanistan in a small Turkmen, a tribal community, where sadly men control
all access to the women, and me and my colleague,
a female producer, had to negotiate long and hard
to get access to the women. It took hours, and then
when we were finally let in because we were women,
I found out why the men didn’t want to give us access to the women because all the women did
was criticize the men. They criticized how the men didn’t work, that the women had to
work long into the night. They criticized that
the money in the family went to things other than they should, and I realized then that
story stuck with me, and I thought, even
where we think the women don’t want to speak, they do. We just have to open the door
and sometimes just the window. And, in Syria I learnt another lesson in the last seven years,
and this is a lesson about even the youngest of voices. Secretary Clinton mentioned
the 12 year old child bride who knew exactly what was happening to her and what should happen to her
in another kind of society. And, as year in year out went
by in covering the Syrian war, after every visit to Syria
I would reflect and think, “What is the story that
stayed with me the most? “Who showed the most courage?” And, almost without
exception it was a child, a boy or a girl. And, what I learned was that
children, the youngest voices, are not just decorations
in our pieces, the tears, the smiles, the cute faces. Not only do they have a story to tell, they have been through some
of the worst of our times, times when women and children are not just on the front line, they
are the front line. And, in a time such as ours
we all talk about rights. One right is sacred. Our right to tell our own story. (audience applauds) That’s it from me. Now, first of all it’s
fantastic to be here with you, to see you again Nadia,
to meet you Wei Wei, and to see you again Secretary
Clinton and looking so well. Let me begin, Nadia, by asking
you I think the question that will be on everyone’s
mind here today. How are you? (speaks foreign language) You’ve been through so much, including writing a book
and being in a film. (speaks foreign language) – To be honest, not so
good because the things that we hope for and
think that we work for still are not accomplished yet,
we still are not there yet, but I should say that I am doing well because I’m hopeful that
we have energy to fight, to bring ISIS to justice, and to achieve what we were looking for
to achieve for the people. – So, any times you’ve gone
to the top world bodies and asked for help, and
I think were frustrated that it didn’t come as quickly
and in the way you thought. We last met in September, when you and Amal
Clooney scored a victory. You got a security council
to sponsor a resolution authorizing at last an
investigation into war crimes. What has happened in the past five months? Are they moving ahead with that promise? Are they keeping it? (speaks foreign language) – First of all, I want
to thank Amal Clooney for her relentless effort
and her continuous support for myself and other Yazidi victims trying to bring ISIS to justice every day, and she is still trying
that with all her ability. Second is ever since we have started and even after September
22nd and until now we’re working towards
that goal to be achieved. The last updates are there is a team that is dedicated to the
investigation in Iraq and to bring ISIS to justice, and the Iraqi government is right now taking some charge on
that, and have started doing the forensic
investigation and all that in mass graves in Iraq, especially
for the Yazidi community. There hasn’t been any trial yet. There’s some tribunal trials
within the Iraqi court. There is still some investigation, so nobody has been sentenced so far, but we’re hopeful that this
will happen in the future. – We hope so too. Today is one of those
extraordinary moments when all of us come here together today bound by common beliefs,
but how can we even begin to stand in the shoes
of someone like Nadia or someone like Wei Wei? Who amongst us would want
to spend our childhood growing up in a prison, and yet look. You sit in front of us today
with your shining spirit. How did that shape you, Wei
Wei, as who you are today? – Thank you. It’s a great question,
and it’s hard to explain, and only you know how
to overcome it, right? I’ll try to explain how it is. I think fundamentally
it’s knowing yourself, what happened to you, and
realizing that that is injustice, that shouldn’t happen again
to you or anybody else in your country or in the world. And also, having a good mentor. In my life, especially, I realized I have the privilege to
have very inspiring parents, and my father is the one
who taught me humanity, to be tolerant, to be forgive-ful, and also to help others. So, we were in the prison
as families, five of us because my father was a politician, and yet I realize even in the prison he was helping others. He was working, but even
risking his prison time. If he caught up by the
prison staff officers he would get more extra charge, and yet he was working. That make me feel, you
know, more responsiveness, and you realize that however the life and your conditions is
hard at the end of the day if you know what’s going on to you it is your responsibility to respond to it and to work on it. – I think there should be
another W in your name. WWW Wise Wei Wei. (both laugh) (audience applauds) And, then once you got out of prison you could have just had a life of abandon, just to enjoy your life,
but instead you set up two and then later a third
NGO to work for justice and for rights in Myanmar. Many of you here will be
following the progress of Myanmar. It’s not easy for any country to emerge from a military dictatorship. Is it harder than you imagined? – Yes, of course because when we were released
with the presidential amnesty we were released by the president’s statement saying that the political
prisoners will be able to involve in the
country’s transformation, I mean democratic transformations. And, we were very hopeful to get involved, to enjoy freedom which we did not have for more than five decades. I actually thought we
will have a lot of freedom around freedom of expressions and freedom to practice human rights and to have more dignified lives than previously under the dictatorship, but instead what I have seen… I mean, at the beginning I
didn’t realize for a few months, but later on I was joining
some political programs, and I was talking to different minorities, not people in Rangoon or in
the capital, in the cities, but people from rural areas, ethnic areas, and I was specifically
talking to my families, extended families in Rakhine state, and I realized their life
was remained the same or even getting worse. And, suddenly after a few month we have seen the violence
against the Rohingya and Muslim community which is portrayed as communal conflict. Of course, in our
understanding today it is not. Since then the situation has
deteriorated tremendously, and now it’s a very
worrisome and very horrific stage of what’s happening in Burma, not only against the Rohingya community, but it’s for all ethnic
minorities and freedom in itself. Freedom of expression, freedom
of assembly and association has been severely threatened recently. The journalist has been targeted, and it’s been getting worse. At the same time the stage of… People’s life are not even secure. We’ve been hearing
increased numbers of people have been under attack
or attacked to dead, so it’s been increasing. It’s really worrisome. I would say it’s not as we expected, and this is the time to reflect
and to move forward again. – Secretary Clinton, you’ve
heard so many stories over so many years, and
yet we sit here, it’s 2018, and we’re still hearing
Nadia’s story, Wei Wei’s story. Do you sometimes worry that actually it’s getting worse for women? – No, I believe that certainly
over the last 25 years in many ways it has gotten better, but the work as I’ve said
in my remarks is unfinished, and then when we meet young
women like Nadia and Wei Wei we understand even more
viscerally how that work has to remain at the
forefront of our efforts. I think that the progress
that has been made has been made in laws being changed, in greater awareness, in
shining brighter lights, in journalists like yourself, Lyse, who listen to these
stories and repeat them for the rest of the world. So, I would say it’s gotten better, but we’re at a flexion point where I fear it could begin to deteriorate
and become worse again. When you listen to Nadia’s story, you realize the importance
of law, the rule of law, due process, judicial systems,
international organizations that have to be sustained and supported to set standards and
hold people accountable and serve as places of recourse
for the Nadias of the world. And, when you listen to Wei
Wei you hear about her father. We need people in all
walks of life to stand up and speak out, but also to demonstrate, to live tolerance and
respect for human dignity and our common humanity. I think we’re at this point
where there’s a premium on top down authority
where there seems to be a global turning away from
international organizations, from the rule of law,
and the United States is not playing the role that
historically we have played which is such a critical role. I’ve talked to scores and scores, maybe hundreds and
hundreds of people by now who spent time in prison
in the former Soviet Union, behind the Iron Curtain,
in China, in other places, not just the current
hot spots and conflicts, and almost to a person they’ve
said how important it was when the American president, or the American secretary of state, or the American first lady,
or the American anyone spoke out about the importance of justice and treating people with the kind of care and appropriateness that was called for. If you don’t have that echo in your ear, if you’re not afraid of being called out and held up as not caring
or even being indifferent and rejecting these fundamental
principals of human rights and the institutions that support them, and being a real beacon for those who are under the whip
and the gun to look to, we begin to lose balance. And, I am worried about that. I see an upward trajectory,
but I don’t want us to plateau. I don’t want us to grow tired or feel like it’s none
of our business anymore because we have to support
not just individuals like Nadia and Wei Wei and yourself because of the important role
that journalists must play in speaking truth to power, but that we’ve got to do more to re-establish America’s
voice in this arena. – Anniversaries are often
moments for everyone to reflect, so I must take this opportunity to, as you mentioned in your speech, a hundred years, a century
since British women won the right to vote. And, yet, some would
say that women even in more developed Western societies are fighting the same issues. Equality, equal pay. What is your reflection on
women and the power of politics as someone who’s been through it all? – Look, I think that
you’re right to raise that because it’s not just the issues that we’re talking about here
in places like Iraq or Myanmar and so many others. We have to protect and
nurture the progress that’s been made over the
last hundred plus years, and I’m grateful that right now there’s a very vigorous
debate in our own country about a lot of these important matters, about women’s autonomy,
and women’s rights, and the protection of women, and the right to speak out and speak up on a range of important questions. But, I also feel like there’s a little bit of a pushback and a
backlash going on here too, and I think it’s important
that just as we need to stand up and speak out for
women and girls elsewhere, we need to do the same here within the framework of
democracy, the rule of law, and all that goes with it, so we have our work cut out for us. We don’t celebrate our 100th
anniversary for two years. You were there before. Look, endemic misogyny and
sexism is still a problem. It is not only blatant in many ways. It’s also attitudinal, and it suppresses a lot of the opportunities
and the potential of women, particularly young women, so our work isn’t finished here either. It may not appear to be or
even feel like it’s as urgent, although I would argue
that comparatively it is, as we hear about the
problems facing the Rohingya and other ethnic groups in Myanmar, or what happened to the Yazidis and others whose lives were totally just assaulted, and in many cases, destroyed by ISIS, but we should find common cause here. Fighting for human rights,
and women’s rights, and justice, and equality should be one of the common endeavors
that brings us together, regardless of what
society, country, ethnic, religious, tribal, nationalist
group we may be part of. And, again I think the United States has a particular responsibility
to help to lead that. – Thank you very much. Thank you. Some people have said to me that this is going to
be the year of women, and if so, then it
should be also the voices of the young women and men, and we’ve got some students
who’ve sent us some questions. So, I’m going to ask all of you some of the questions from the students. We have a question from Ali,
who’s from the class of 2019. Is Ali with us? There’s Ali. Hello, Ali. (Lyse laughs) Oh, Ali isn’t a woman. Is that Ali?
– Yes. – Great. I’m gonna put your question to Nadia. What have you found to be
the most effective ways of mobilizing people who are complacent, indifferent in the face of adversity? (speaking foreign language) – You know, we are a community
that have gone through a genocide, horrific, committed by ISIS in past three and a half years, and in addition to over
5,000 people were killed. Nearly 7,000 women and
female children were abducted by this group, and the entire community was displaced to refugee camps, and it has been more than three
and a half years ever since. The only thing also that
I’ve been telling people all the time is the
synergy, uniting the efforts of all the members of a community
against the force of evil, at least with the challenging and what has been very effective is telling the terrorist organizations that we are united against you. – Unity. I think it’s something that
we can all support you on. Thank you for that bit of advice. Wei Wei, you told us about how you found that spirit of tolerance
when you were in the prison, your mentors including your
father helped you going, but we have a question from Celia from the School of Foreign Affairs ’21. Where’s Celia? Is Celia here? I think it’s Celia. Maybe she had to go back to class. I would too if I was in the
School of Foreign Service. How do you maintain
enough hope and optimism to keep fighting for human rights? – Yeah, I think how do you maintain hope? I mean, I forget to mention that while I was in the prison I was able to read some
books after two years. For two years we were not
allowed to even get a book. And, then I got a chance
to read some of the books, and I’ve been reading
a lot of the struggles and biographies of people like
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mahatma
Gandhi, and many other leaders around the world, and I
found resilience and strength and encouragement, and
even today I’ve been seeing a lot of the struggle that has been faced by many many people around the world, including Yazidis and my own community and in different parts of the world and in different causes. Mainly when it comes to
minorities life is not easy. When you’re born to be a
minority from a community of minorities, your life is not easy. Even then I know that we have to survive, and we have to be able to bring equality, peace, and justice for those people, and that has been done in
the past by our leaders, and I believe today if we try, and one day in our next generations we will really bring
justice for those people, so I think my hope is just being resilient and keep trying by hoping that one day we will achieve. And, we did achieve in the past. The history of the United States and all this history has
witnessed that we can achieve, and that it can only be
achieved at the same time by manpower, people power, men and women, men and women powers and
solidarity, support, and education. Together I think we can
really bring the mission that we want to bring for the
futures of our communities and human beings and people. – Thank you, that’s very good advice especially for the students here. (audience applauds) Hashtag keep trying. And, your comments, Wei Wei, lead us right to this next question. In my work, I often say the questions can be more interesting than the answers. I’m sure the answer will be interesting, but the question is very interesting. Is Sidarth here who put this question in? Where’s Sidarth? There you go, Sidarth? Great question. And, he spelt it out. This is a question for Secretary
Clinton, so I will ask her. School of Foreign Service 2021. What role can and should men play in the advancement of women in
issues of peace and security? – Oh, thank you for asking that question. (audience laughs) As big a role as you possibly can, I think is the short answer, and there are so many ways to participate and to support this unfinished business getting finally finished. You heard from Wei Wei, the
influence of her own father. I mean, do not discount the importance of personal support and
interest, encouragement, action. That sounds simplistic, but it’s probably the most profound thing you can do in helping women and girls
be given the support, the kind of tools that they need, the confidence that is often necessary, the resilience which is essential. And, also if you’re
interested in these issues beyond the personal, there
are so many ways to serve. There are all kinds of
NGO’s and nonprofits and government organizations. You heard Nadia mention the UN, the important work of trying to bring ISIS and the leaders of ISIS to
justice is work that never ends and needs willing hands, especially people with the education you’re receiving at the
Foreign Service School. I think also politically, voting for people who
care about these issues, and taking a hard look at your
own really personal views. I mean, I think everyone
has to purge themselves of prejudicial thoughts, of worries about who’s
on top and who isn’t in the world as it is today. You heard Wei Wei say being
born into a minority is hard. It’s hard everywhere,
and if you find yourself in a role where you can
speak out and speak up, and not go along with
either remaining silent or even chiming in
about derogatory remarks about women and girls,
and also minorities, but to focus on women and
girls, be that person. Be that man who doesn’t let it go on, who stands up or speaks out,
and use your voting power as a citizen in a democracy
to also register your feelings about these issues. So, there’s a lot to be done, and if you go into business
make sure that women are paid equally and treated equally. I have a good friend who
runs a huge tech company. (audience applauds) And, he runs this huge tech company. He’s a wonderful guy. He’s got two great daughters,
and he kept hearing about how there was not
equal pay for equal work, and he thought to himself, “Well, that can’t possibly
be true in my company.” And, he actually launched a total analysis of comparing years of service, levels of education
across his entire company, thousands of employees. And, guess what? He found out it was absolutely
true in his own company, and he was embarrassed
and really surprised, and it wasn’t that people
were sitting around saying, “Well okay, we have two college graduates. “They start off at the same, but you know, “over the next four, five years, “the young man’s gonna go
better, and he’s gonna do more, “and we’re gonna reward him.” Or, “We got two PhD computer scientists, “and after the same number of years “we’re gonna give the guy more chances.” It wasn’t that explicit. It was much more almost
implied bias about women and women’s roles and women’s success, so there’s just so many ways
to be an ally and a friend and supporter of these
causes here in this country and around the world. – Thank you. Did you get that, Sidarth? If you forget anything
this is all recorded, so you just ask for a
recording from Georgetown, and you just study it and
give it to all your friends. We don’t want the energy to go one way. I want to get a sense of who you are out there in this moment. It’s an important moment
both for men and women. It’s an important moment for our world. How many of you came here today on this lovely sunny
morning in Washington, how many of you came here
today with a sense of hope, more hope than anxiety and fear? How many of you came more with
hope than anxiety and fear? And, how many of you
wake up in the morning with a dread and fear that this moment is actually a moment that
is fraught with risk? And, how many are you gonna go home more hopeful after today’s session? (audience laughs) Thank you. Now, this is a good question for both you, Nadia, and Wei Wei. This is your moment. You’ve got some of the best
and the brightest students here and the creme in Washington, and this question from Agnieszka, Agnieszka are you here? You’re from the School
of Foreign Service 2021. Where are you? There you are, great. Very practical, a doer. What can college aged women do now to promote peace across the
globe from the United States? So, sitting in the United
States what can they possibly do to help peace? The world is a lot closer these days. – Yeah, so thank you for
that practical question. I mean, everybody can
do things if they care. The only thing is we need to care, and we need to learn,
and we need to understand and respond. As young people, I think
today’s young people has a better chance than any other age because the advancements of technology is our advantage, and we
have to use that technology in effective ways. Basically, social media and all these digital
platforms is our advantage, so I would encourage everybody to learn beyond your
community, your country, and throughout the world,
and what’s happening in all the corners of the world, and really respond to whatever you can at least by using technology. But then, there are many other
ways that you can respond. For example, mobilizing
around your community and in your country, in
your college, doing events, and discussing among each other how we can really best respond. In my experience, one of
the ways to take action and to respond is by
actually seeking for advice and consulting with different people, and you never make a mistake
if you consult with others. Among ourselves as young
people, we can discuss, and come up with great great ideas, so we have even better than my or Nadia or all other activists’,
so I would say like that. – Thank you. (speaking foreign language) – I think for one very
important point about peace is to teach the children
and to educate the children and to plant different
things and be more positive about the life and how
peace is implemented. For example, ISIS was
training and brainwashing hundreds and thousands of children including Yazidi children
who were abducted to indoctrinate them and brainwash them and teach them how to kill, so I think we can reverse that by teaching them how to love one another and spread this education and make sure that this a top priority of peace. And, for those people who
live in the United States and other parts of the world, I think learning about
other people’s culture is very important because
ISIS didn’t want to learn about the Yazidi culture and
other cultures and minorities. I think culture relativism
is very important thing which means you accept the
other culture’s way of life, so they can respect you and your culture. In this case, there will
be peaceful co-existence. – Yes, thank you. (audience applauds) The questions are getting tougher, I have to say, as we go on. Where is, I think it’s, Signie? What a beautiful name, Signie, Signie? Signie, did I pronounce it correctly? – [Signie] Signie. – Signie. Now seeing as this
question is so complicated, I need to have a policy nerd to ask it. Now, do I have any
policy nerds on my panel? Secretary Clinton. Secretary Clinton. – [Hillary] I thought you
were looking at Melanne. (audience laughs) – This is one I know
you know the answer to. Climate change is anticipated
to exacerbate conflict over scarce resources and worsen the risk of certain natural disasters. Women are disproportionally
vulnerable to these risks, so Signie asks how can women,
especially students here, I like this that you’re
bringing your questions back to you, help other
women across the world face these risks? – It’s a great question. You’re absolutely right. I want to answer it in three parts. I do think that there needs
to be more political pressure put on the current
administration to get back into the Paris Agreement, and the fact that we
are the only country… (audience applauds) We’re the only country left in the world. Syria, actually, was the other holdout. They’ve joined the Paris Agreement, and I think that there
have been so many issues that people are concerned about, that it’s easy to get spread so thin that we don’t make a significant impact on the political calculations and thinking of the administration and Congress, so I would hope that there
could be much more activity around climate change
with a specific goal, and my suggestion, although
there could very well be others, is put the United States back
into the Paris Agreement. And, lots of student activity,
lots of old fashioned stuff like phone calling and everything, but also a consistent presence
trying to make that case ’cause that will enable us to
try to do more as a country even though it’s going
to be difficult, I admit, to try to change this policy. But, I recently met with the UN official responsible for implementing
the Paris Agreement, and she’s optimistic about
the work that’s being done between other governments
and not-for-profits and private businesses. In our country a lot
of mayors and governors are stepping up, so in addition to trying to put pressure coming
from campuses and elsewhere about getting the United States back into the Paris Agreement,
there’s much that can be done here at home that will
be beneficial globally. So, looking for ways to
work with not-for-profits, even private sector businesses,
and certainly governments, volunteering, doing whatever you can to help us organize ourselves here on the local and state level, waiting until we get back
into a national commitment. With respect to the rest of the world, I would say that particularly for women you’re absolutely right. They will bear the brunt
of looking for the food, looking for the firewood,
looking for the place to migrate to when all of
the grass is finally gone as the desertification moves south, and you have to keep
moving your livestock, or your crops or no longer growing, they’re burning up in the intense heat that we’re now seeing
reported across North Africa into the Middle East and into India. So, yes. Women, once again, will
be primarily burdened with the problems of climate change, so look for international
organizations to support. There are some groups
that are planting trees, and people say, “Well,
that’s a simple thing. “I want to do something
that’s really important.” Planting trees is really important, and helping to move toward
more drought-resistant trees and shrubbery, just to
try to save the soil, try to create some shade,
try to give something to eat. Agitating for drought-resistant
seeds and seedlings that can be planted and nurtured because remember 60% of
the small holder farmers in the world are women. I’m talking about less than
an acre in most instances, so they’re out there
toiling to grow enough food to feed their own family and
maybe have a little extra to go to market. Get involved with the Global
Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, something that we helped to kick off when I was secretary of state because changing the way
that women and girls cook is good for the environment, and it’s also good for their health because the fourth leading
cause of death in the world is respiratory illnesses, largely driven by cooking in closed spaces using fuels that affect your lungs. So, there are lots of ways,
from our own challenges here at home, all the way
to supporting programs and projects that are taking
place around the world that can make a difference
in women’s lives. There is some progress, not nearly enough, and without the United States government, the national government, being a leader, I think our efforts are
going to be certainly hobbled by our lack of involvement,
but we can’t let that stop us from doing everything we possibly can to try to make a difference
on climate change here in the United States
and around the world knowing full well that it will
have, and is having already, a very negative impact in many places, and the burden disproportionately falling on women and children. – Thank you, thank you very much. One last question from the students. Where’s Chris? He’s gonna graduate in 2021. Is Chris here? Maybe he had to go back to class. – [Woman] Way over there. – Where’s Chris? Chris, you’re gonna get
all of us in trouble. There’s no way, man, we
can answer this question. Who is a woman in global
politics who inspires you? Now, I spoke to Wei Wei
about it and she said, “If I name this one and
don’t name this one…” All of us here know so many
women in global politics who inspire us, so I’m gonna ask all of us to answer this question by clapping now for all of the women in global
politics who inspire us. (audience applauds) Chris, you and Sidarth
are gonna get together, and you’re gonna go over those lessons under that tree that you plant, and you’re gonna come up with all of those women’s issues
you’re going to understand. We’ve come to the end of our discussion. Secretary Clinton, if you could
leave us with one last word. You talked about a backlash. How do you see this backlash
against women’s rights, and what can be done about it? – I see it as a reaction that is driven by lots of different motives, some of them having to
do with people feeling insecure, frightened,
disappointed, discouraged, name whatever emotion you
want about their lives and the ongoing
globalization of the economy which is leaving many people out, and we haven’t seen anything yet because wait ’til robotics and
AI, artificial intelligence, really take off, and so when
people are insecure and anxious they often defend against
their own feelings by rejecting others, and that
often happens with minorities. It happens with ethnicities,
races, religions, and it also happens with respect to women. So, any of you who have read
my book about what happened know that I think that misogyny and sexism was part of that campaign. It was one of the contributing factors, and some of it was old fashioned sexism and a refusal to accept
the equality of women, and certainly the equality
of women’s leadership, and some of it as an
outgrowth of all this anxiety and insecurity that is playing on people and leading them in a hunt for scapegoats. So, we’ve got to deal
with that here at home, and I think that comes
through the ballot box. This is an election year,
2018 in the United States, so there’s a lot than can be done to say, “Wait a minute, we’re not going backwards “when it comes to race,
and religion, and sex, “and gay rights, and all the rest of it. “We’re gonna keep forward moving “because we want an
inclusive, tolerant society, “and that includes everybody. “Not just some of us, but all of us.” Certainly, voting
remains the principal way that every individual
can express an opinion, and anyone who chooses not to vote basically cedes that opinion to others who perhaps don’t hold your values. And, then speaking up and speaking out against the backlash or
against the atrocities being committed against
women and girls elsewhere is critically important as well. And, we’ve talked about some
of the ways of doing that, but remaining vigilant, remaining
a very committed advocate on behalf of women and girls here at home and around the world and helping others to understand why you feel that
way, and why it’s important, why you took time out
to come to this event for the institute all has
positive, incremental effects. So, there’s a lot of work to be done, but I end up being very
confident and optimistic because we are not going back, and women’s voices are not shutting up. (audience cheers) – Secretary Clinton, thank you. Wei Wei, Nadia, thank you. And, thank you to all of you. Thank you. – [Wei Wei] Thank you. – Thank you. (audience applauds)

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  • Love her so much. So refreshing to hear to talk instead of the blubbering idiot in office now. Like a breath of fresh air every time she speaks. Still with her!

  • This was a campaign event for Hillary Clinton that masqueraded as a "Women's rights" issues event. One of three honoraries just happened to be a BBC journalist and she just happened to end up moderating the event for lack of a moderator, very convenient right?
    She let Hillary take up over half the time trying to plug her book and subtly campaigning for 2020, all the while cloaked in her alleged 'concern' for the two other honoraries, Yazidi and Rohingya sexual assault victims. It's quite unfortunate she can't fill up an auditorium full of students at Georgetown for an event like this, which gives me hope, because all students can't be so gullible to not see through this crooked woman. Secretary Clinton's attempts at virtue signalling to influence young minds was too evident and frankly pathetic. Hillary presenting Human Rights awards to oppressed women??!! it's like Hitler honouring jewish holocaust survivors…. Ha! what a joke!

  • People are still paying Killary? Takes loads of money from countries that beat women and kill gay people. Not to mention what her foundation did to Haiti. The list could go on and on. How?

  • Well, certainly will NOT be sending my daughters to this libtard university, when the allow young impressional minds to be exposed to pathological liars and criminals, women and man hater hillary

  • Not directly related to crooked Hillary's speech here — but the deranged liberals that'll tune in should be aware of this new development . . .
    Carter Page was an FBI Under-Cover Employee in 2013, and remained the primary FBI witness through May of 2016 throughout the case.

    If Carter Page was working as an undercover employee for the FBI, someone who was responsible for the bust of a high level Russian agent in 2013 and remained an fBI undercover employee throughout the court case UP TO May of 2016, how is it possible that on October 21st 2016 Carter Page is put under a FISA Title 1 surveillance warrant as an alleged Russian agent?!

    Conclusion:  He wasn’t.  The DOJ National Security Division and the FBI Counterintelligence Division, knew he wasn’t.  

    The DOJ-NSD and FBI  flat-out LIED.

    I'd add links, but if I did, this comment would surely be marked as spam.

  • I praise the name of my Lord Jesus Christ that this Jezebel Clinton was shut up by Almighty God! You idiots who have rejected God and His only begotten Son Jesus Christ, the only way to the Father, being God the Son the second person of the Trinity, don't have a clue of where your father the devil is leading you with your demented education. John 14:1-6; 2Cor.4:4; 1Tim.2:5.If you have no desire to burn in hell with the likes of the Clinton's you better humble yourself in the sight of God, repent of your wicked sins, and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour. Acts 20:21; Romans10, 1Cor.15

  • She HATES women. She'll have sex with them but she HATES women. She hates men too but she really hates women. Why can't everyone see this?

  • So how come the men on the Titanic were such women haters they put as many women and children on the lifeboats as possible…and then themselves unequally went down with the ship. Hillary, may you ever open your own doors. I do wish you'd stop trying to ruin it for the rest of us with your man-hating. I have faith that real men will continue to look past your venom and always relegate real women to the lifeboats.

  • Human rights? Hillary clinton?? this is the pro-war, pro-weaponssale psycho that loves to bomb children women of iraq, yemen and syria. Oh btw she silences any women who is #metoo about bill clinton. Remember, hillary is the apprentice of kissinger and albright "killing 500,000 children in the name of democracy is worth it". Wake up you dumbass americans

  • She forgot to say leader of a major party, won the popular vote and has committed major crimes and never gotten caught in her life…………, yet

  • Hillary, shut up. Go awaaaaaay. You LOST because you are a fake and a phony. You are not WANTED as potus. No then, take your bolshevist marxist/alinsky attitude and hit the road. It isn't necessarily that people aren't ready for a female president, just not "YOU".. Your sorry ass should be in Leavenworth for your betrayal of the USA and selling of this nation's secrets for your own financial gain. You are a felon and a betrayer to this country given the evidence of what we know, now.

    Now then, shut your sorry bloviating ASS UP, and go the hell away. Take your phony hubby with you. You both suck. Get !

  • Now I get it. Climate change, that is, weather kills men. So only women remain to do the GMO planting and moving them diapered tofu-eatin' cows to grassless pastures. Am I there yet?

  • Well, if cataclysmic global cooling, erm, I mean global warming is real, then it looks like the heat already got to her head.

  • What a crock of shit killary!! What about 12 year u demolished in court over rape trial? What about the girls you used in human trafficking? What about the horrific cries u hear with the babies you kill and eat ? What about their HUMAN RIGHTS? Why would this University disgrace this institution and its professors and students; by having her there much less SPEAK!

  • Acee doucee crooked lyin' Hillary is poisoning young minds by her man hating rhetoric and pushing the LGBTQ agenda .#LOCKHERUPASAP

  • Georgetown University is a great location for such awards ceremonies, as the Human Rights Awards. I am happy that Hillary Clinton had the opportunity to pioneer women, peace, and security at Georgetown University. Hillary Clinton speaks well and I hope to see her, as a returning student. Progress is being made…

  • WOW!! Hillary & Human rights. I thought they finally got her & were ready to drown the witch!!! Hillary remember #NoOneLeftToLieTo

  • Wow, she is so Presidential, I can only think of the terror she has caused in the world and the crimes she needs to be charged with.  LOCK HER UP!!!!

  • Nice choice of baggy pants, Hillary. I could barely notice the ankle monitor you are wearing, criminal. Nice job by the cameraman to avoid detection. You aren't fooling anyone.

  • Kiliary is living in a delusional state. She lost because of a poorly run campaign. The DNC is now broke! Why do people listen to her? He is far from being a Humanitarian. Remember Haiti or Benghazi….What Difference does it make?? Didn't mention her ties to the Pizzagate Pedophiles.

  • She went around the world lecturing about democracy and human rights, while she turned the US into a Banana republic with her corruption.
    No wonder why the world lost respect for the US.

  • Who are those people still listening crooked Hillary? Aha kids were not around in 1990s to know how despicable she is. Enabler Hillary.

  • Sure I am sure there would British embassy staff, not like our government gave millions to the foundation to help her, oh but would you look at that they had to get our Gchq involved to try and nobble trump, disgraceful!

  • Building countries, yes the Haiti disaster really showed something being built, and that was not new homes and infrastructure but in fact her bank account was being built.

  • LyseDoucet is a BBC disinformation operative, she is lying about Syria in her reports, Vanessa Beeley and Eva Bartlett are the real female heroines reporting from Syria.
    The whitehelmets are a complete and utter scam, they are a cover for terrorists, and they themselves are terrorists.

  • Glad to see Georgetown choose such a classy woman who spent her whole career in public service fighting for minorities to deliver such an honorable award. Thank you for your support of Sec. Clinton and the positivity that she so eagerly strives to bring about.

  • Georgetown, can't you moderate the comments to your own feed? And wny only 5607 views? Did any of the students share this discussion with friends, as requested during the actual talk. Out of respect for the woman who was raped, at least, DO SOMETHING! SHARE this video with your friends and family and ask them to do the same.

  • This is a painted picture of a cold calculated woman on a road to power using our State Department as a pay to play!

  • theres an honor killing thats lacking right now. bitch. dog. stinky animal . you look like fresh puke hills.

  • Clinton reminds a maniac. Did you see her head twitched? Her seizures? She is really insane.
    Aren't her daughter afraid to stay with her one on one?
    Laughs like a witch and has crazy eyes.
    Although Trump is as well bloody disgusting person, but H. Clinton has a mark on her forehead 'I'm a maniac'
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  • Sophia (Feminine, Wisdom) is the Creator and Governor of physical reality, according to Gnosticism (to know). She's inseparability, preferring with her consort (Masculine, Perfection).

  • Save your money obviously this college is not worthy, just look who they giving a platform to. Hillary? What does she know besides ripping people off, she is corrupt, evil, a thief, and an insane woman. I demand this video be taken down

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