MASHAV Hosts Conference of Women Leaders

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
22 October 1998

Foreign Ministry Director-General Eitan Bentsur and Mashav (The Center for International Cooperation) will tomorrow (Thursday) 22.10.98 at 20:00 at the Hilton Hotel, Jerusalem host the closing ceremony for the conference of women leaders "Helping Women to Help Themselves" that has been held at the Carmel Center this week.

The conference celebrated both Israel’s 50th jubilee and 40 years of Israeli foreign aid.

Over 80 women leaders from throughout the world attended the conference, including women from Arab and Muslim countries — Egypt, Jordan, Mauritania and Malaysia –who joined representatives from Africa, Asia, Europe and the CIS states, the United States and New Zealand.

The conference raised suggestions for projects to improve women’s status, including: women’s participation in decision making at all levels; strengthening women’s initiatives for socio-economic development; women helping women to participate in the job market and women’s health and preventative medicine.