[Svrilist] CHIEF OF UN POPULATION FUND CALLS ON IMAMS TO PROMOTE RIGHTS OF WOMEN

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CHIEF OF UN POPULATION FUND CALLS ON IMAMS TO PROMOTE RIGHTS OF WOMEN
New York, May 19 2006  1:00PM

Winding up an official visit to Bangladesh, United Nations Population Fund
(<"http://www.unfpa.org/news/news.cfm?ID=781">UNFPA) Executive Director
Thoraya Obaid addressed thousands of members of the Grand Conference of
Imams, urging them to promote the full and equal participation of women in
society, and she promised to give computers to a unique health clinic in
the capital.

The meeting of the Grand Conference of Imams, which receives UNFPA and
government support, was opened by Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda
Zia, who cited their role in promoting tolerance, equal rights and social
welfare.

Ms. Obaid spoke to the imams about Islam's assertion of the "right of
girls to life, and not any life but to a life of dignity and respect, in
which women are given both political participation and economic
independence."

"We hope the imams who have already received training/orientation are
contributing to bring positive change towards the status of women," she
said. "Being at the grassroots level and close to the community, you are
in a unique position not only to save the lives of women and infants, but
also to support women's participation in the overall development of the
society."

She called on the religious leaders to ensure that "the rights of women as
members of the society are well guarded and protected."

Earlier, as she walked into the reproductive health clinic in Dhaka, the
first of its kind in South Asia, Ms. Obaid was showered with orange flower
petals in traditional style. Clinic staff then briefed her on the services
they provide -- family planning, adolescent-friendly information and
services, maternal care, the management and treatment of sexually
transmitted infections, including HIV, and response to violence against
women.

Most of the clients are young women who had no place to go to for advice
before the clinic opened in 2001 and one-third of them are poor.

About 100 deliveries per month are now performed at the centre, which is
part of a wider network that extends to 11 municipal areas in Dhaka with
41 per cent of the city population, a total of 9 million people. Surveys
show that slightly more than half of the urban population in Bangladesh
lives below the poverty line, UNFPA said.
2006-05-19 00:00:00.000


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