(NewsGlobal.com)- Hillary Clinton was in India this week where she announced a $50 million Global Climate Resilience Fund for women while addressing salt pan workers in Gujarat’s Surendranagar district.
The fund, provided by the Clinton Global Initiative with the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), and other organizations, will “empower” women to fight climate change by providing new resources for employment and education, Clinton said.
Clinton, who has made several visits to India for the Clinton Global Initiative, also attended SEWA’s 50th Anniversary celebration.
Hillary first visited the SEWA headquarters in 1995 when she was First Lady.
Clinton said India’s future is “alternative clean energy” which she said would not “burden the country” but “reduce costs and generate more income for the communities.” She said the country is “well-positioned to adopt clean energy to achieve economic growth.”
Clinton’s visit was in support of the Clinton Global Initiative “Commitments to Action” which seeks to provide critical healthcare services and employment opportunities for women and girls while providing support for climate resilience in the region.
Clinton’s visit began in the village of Palaj in the Gandhinagar district of Gujarat where she met with the Desai Foundation’s Heroes for Humanity. Forty heroes shared how the Clinton Global Initiative impacted their lives.
The former First Lady expressed delight in hearing what the heroes shared and said she was impressed by “the model of this program.” She said she hoped they were learning and “growing personally” and also understanding “what an impact” they were having on their communities and families.
Clinton also met with fellow Clinton Global Initiative “Commitment Makers” and spoke to students at the Indian Institute of Technology – Gandhinagar.
Clinton also visited the Desai Foundation’s Asani Sanitary Napkin Program where she observed a rural “Menstrual Health & Hygiene” awareness session and engaged with the rural Asani saleswomen.