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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 8, 2004


Secretary of State Colin L. Powell To Announce Iraqi Women's Democracy Initiative and Creation of the U.S.-Iraq Women's Network

Secretary of State Colin L. Powell announced a $10 million Iraqi Women’s Democracy Initiative and inaugurated the U.S. Iraq Women’s Network on International Women’s Day, March 8.

The Democracy Initiative will train Iraqi women in the skills and practices of democratic public life. Programs will include education for democracy, leadership and political advocacy workshops, entrepreneurship projects, media training for women aspiring to careers in journalism, and activities to help
non-governmental organizations build capacity. The initiative will be managed jointly by the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and the Office of the Senior Coordinator for International Women’s Issues.

The U.S.-Iraqi Women’s Network will serve as a forum for sharing information and resources on behalf of concrete self-help projects for Iraqi women, linking U.S. partners with appropriate women’s groups in Iraq. The overarching goal is to strengthen women’s advocacy skills in Iraq by providing mentoring and directing resources where they are most needed so Iraqi women can direct their own future.

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