Hillary Clinton Center for Women's Empowerment

History and Mission

The Hillary Clinton Center for Women’s Empowerment (HCC) at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane was established in 1999 on the occasion of then First Lady Hillary Clinton’s commencement speech to the second graduating class of Al Akhawayn University.

HCC is the foremost English language research center on contemporary gender and women’s rights issues in North Africa. We serve the academic community, scholars, students, civil society leaders, and policy makers. Located within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, we provide a neutral venue where different stakeholders can freely develop and exchange ideas, and explore new theories and practices to promote a gender egalitarian society.

Current themes include legal reform, political participation of women, women and children migrants and refugees, economic development, and the empowerment of rural women.

The Center conducts and supports scholarly applied research that serves as a basis for policy and is actively engaged in programs for semi-literate rural women’s associations.

To learn more about the HCC's current work, please refer to this informational video:


 Contributions to HCC support:

  • Innovative scholarship and international symposia
  • Academic research and technological innovation to train and equip marginalized women in Middle East and African countries
  • Breaking down barriers, encouraging self-determination, and contributing to equitable relationships between men and women
  • Scholar-in-residence programs

Friends of AUI is incorporated in the USA as a non-profit organization under title 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986.  Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Bank account information of Friends of AUI Inc.:

Bank Name: Bank of America
Address: PO Box 15284, Wilmington, DE 19850
Account Number: 2260 0601 1741
Account Name: Friends of AUI Inc.

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