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Meeting with Several Iraqi Women Activists


Washington, DC
April 23, 2003

Center  - Secretary Powell. From his left :  Nasreen Sideek, Minister of  Kurdish Ministry and Development, Nadia Mirza, co-founder of the Assyrian Community for Civic Responsibility in Illinois, far left - Judge Zakia Hakki, a member of Women for a Free Iraq and first female judge in Iraq.  To Secretary Powell's Right: Closest to Powell -- Zainab Al-Suwaij, Executive Director of the American Islamic Congress of Boston and attended the meeting in Nasiriyah April 15, Rend Rahim Francke, Executive Director of the Iraq Foundation of Washington D.C Ms. Francke also attended the Nasiriyah meeting on April 15. Far right - Sarbagh Salih, member of Women for a Free Iraq and an agricultural engineer.
Secretary Powell met with several Iraqi women activists on April 23 in the Department of State, Washington DC. The women briefed the Secretary on the most critical needs for women and children in liberated Iraq. With the Secretary and later on the same day in an expanded meeting hosted by Under Secretary for Global Affairs, Paula Dobriansky, with the representatives of interested NGOs, Human Rights organizations and USG officials, the women asked that priority be given to restore the educational sector, and to improve health care and social services for women and children, to foster political participation by women through training and exchanges, judicial and legal reform and human rights guarantees.

State Department photo by Michael Gross


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