Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award 2018

The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative will award the 2018 Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award to Nadia Murad and Amal Clooney.

Ms. Murad is the United Nation's first Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking, and has published the New York Times Bestselling memoir The Last Girl. The recently-released Sundance Film Festival-winning film On Her Shoulders chronicles her fight to bring hope to Yazidi people.

Ms. Clooney is an international human rights lawyer, admitted to the Bar in New York in 2002 and in England & Wales in 2010. She has also practiced at international courts in the Hague including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Ms. Clooney detailed the human-rights violations suffered by 6,700 Yazidi women during her first United Nations appearance in November.

More information about Ms. Murad's organization, Nadia's Initiative, can be found here: https://nadiasinitiative.org/ 

Public Events

Public events surrounding the 2018 Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award will be announced shortly. 

The Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award

The late Elisabeth B. “Betsy” Weintz, who passed away in 2007, and her husband, J. Frederick Weintz, were early supporters of creating a strong program at Harvard focused on identifying ways to improve humanitarian response to crises globally and improving training for humanitarian aid workers. They provided the initial funding for the FXB Program on Complex Humanitarian Emergencies at the Harvard School of Public Health (now the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), and as a result of their ongoing support, the Program evolved into the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, an academic and research center. Since 2011, HHI also includes an educational arm, which was established to build knowledge and skills among humanitarian leaders and aid workers on the front lines of relief work. “The humanitarian efforts at Harvard would not have been possible without the early and steadfast leadership and commitment of Betsy and Fred Weintz,” said VanRooyen. “Mrs. Weintz was a dedicated community leader in her hometown of Greenwich, Connecticut, but she also had a global vision. She was a passionate advocate for advancing the research and training of humanitarian leaders around the world. As one of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s founding benefactors and most loyal supporters, she helped build the academic humanitarian community at Harvard University.

In 2015, J. Frederick Weintz established the Elisabeth B. Weintz Humanitarian Award to celebrate the memory, compassionate spirit, and transformative leadership of Betsy Weintz. The Award is to be bestowed annually upon a visionary public figure who has demonstrated superior leadership in a time of humanitarian crisis. The Award Fund also provides a grant for a faculty member or postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University whose work aligns with that of the awardee. 

Award Recipient Nadia Murad
Founder, Nadia's Initiative