IWF Georgia held a special historic event on February 10th at The Carter Center. This exceptional program was organized by current IWF Georgia President, Christine St.Clare and new IWF Georgia member Ambassador Mary Ann Peters. More than 80 IWF Georgia members convened for this leadership event focusing on women’s rights in the global context and the overlap between human rights in the secular world and religion.
President Carter took open questions from IWF members in the audience on a breadth of topics such as women’s rights, the 2016 U.S. presidential election and peace in the Middle East. IWF Georgia presented a gift to the former president and former first lady on behalf of the board, past Presidents and the membership, congratulating them on 70 years of marriage.
To close the event Rosalynn Carter said:
“I want to thank you for being here today and all the work you do on women’s issues. I have worked on women’s issues for many years, since Jimmy was Governor, working for the Equal Rights Amendment in Georgia, which was very difficult and met with a lot of criticism.. but in the last few years I just sort of let Jimmy take over, he has done such a good job (laughs from audience) but I am still there, and I am still working and I am just glad to be part of this today.” (Source: The Carter Center audio)
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter was a founding member of IWF Georgia and in 2014 she was presented with IWF’s Leading Light Award at the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame Awards & Gala in Atlanta. The Leading Light Award is only conveyed on rare occasions and is reserved for those singular leaders whose individual acts and contributions have had deep impact in improving the lives of women, children and their communities around the world.
Photo Highlights from the event (photographer, Russell Kaye):