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USACC HOSTS WOMEN LEADERS FROM AZERBAIJAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information contact:

Mahir Iskender
Phone: (202) 333 8702
Fax: (202) 333 8703
www.usacc.org

Washington DC – February 8, 2005 – Yesterday the Trade and Cultural Center of the United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce (USACC) hosted an Azerbaijani delegation comprised of women visiting the U.S. to exchange knowledge and experience about issues affecting women and the family.

Eleven Azerbaijani women with diverse backgrounds including doctors, and leaders from non-government organizations crisis centers, information resource centers, and mass media were at the Center to meet the Azerbaijani community of Washington DC to exchange views on women issues. This event was cosponsored with the International Visitors Council of Philadelphia.

More than 40 Azerbaijani and American guests attended the reception, including Mrs. Rana Pashayeva, wife of the Azerbaijani Ambassador to the United States.

“We were looking forward to this event with great anticipation,” said Ms. Sevda Mammadova, Chairwoman, Conflict Resolution Department of the Dilara Aliyeva Association for the Protection of Women's Rights in Sumgait . “We are glad to meet Azerbaijani-American women. It was interesting to learn their perspective on women's issues.”

“Community Connections” is a U.S. State Department sponsored program linking Philadelphia with Azerbaijan. The program seeks to establish and strengthen ties between Azerbaijani entrepreneurs, local municipal officials, women leaders, business development professionals, and law enforcement officers and their American counterparts through intensive 3-5 week technical training and outreach programs in the United States.

“This event is an important part of our program,” said Ms. Ann Stauffer, Vice President of International Visitors Council of Philadelphia. “They are here to learn about experiences of American organizations, but it is also important to meet Azerbaijanis living in the U.S. ”

The group will be in the United States through February 12, 2005.

The Azerbaijan Trade and Cultural Center is owned and operated by the US - Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce.  It was established in 2000, to promote understanding, culture, and cooperation between Azerbaijan and the United States of America.

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