Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton predicted Monday during a human rights event at Georgetown University that climate change will force women to “bear the brunt of looking for the food, looking for the firewood, looking for the place to migrate to …”
Such migration won’t be led by men, she maintained, but rather by women “when all of the grass is finally gone as the desertification moves south and you have to keep moving your livestock or your crops are no longer growing.”
The failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate spoke during the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton awards ceremony hosted by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, D.C.
When asked her advice for men who want to know the role they “can and should” play “in the advancement of women in issues of peace and security,” Clinton said, “There are so many ways to participate and to support this unfinished business getting finally finished.”
She added, “I mean, do not discount the importance of personal support and interest, encouragement, action — 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,” Clinton continued.
When asked how she would handle the “backlash” against women, Clinton said some people react negatively to feminism and women’s rights because they feel “insecure” or “frightened” by those women.
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“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, disillusioned, discouraged, or whatever emotion you want,” Clinton said. “When people are insecure and anxious they often defend against their own feelings by rejecting others.”
Clinton also opined about how “being born into a minority is hard” and about how it’s “hard everywhere” for women as she urged men to “be that man, who you know, doesn’t let it go on, who stands up or speaks out.”
Concerning actions people can take now to reduce the burden climate change will impose on women, Clinton advised her listeners to “look for international organizations to support.”