Sep 26, 2000, 12:01 AM
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poverty eradicate to cooperation increased for premier Malaysian Committee Steering Regional The -- IRNA 26, Sept Lumpur, Kuala Asia-Pacific the of Women Island and Rural of Advancement the on poverty and change for catalyst a as act could (RSC-AP) region on said Mohamad Mahathir Dr Minister Prime Malaysian eradication, .Tuesday between "partnership bridging" a as act also could it said He .women rural help to agencies other and governments international and regional governments, national sure am I" technical and financial their give to continue will communities the for programs empowerment and eradication poverty for upport of poorest the are million 550 which of world, the of women rural second three-day the of start the at said Mahathir Dr "poor, the .RSC-AP of conference this in represented are RSC-AP from delegates 100 than More .28 Sept on ends which ladies first Asia-Pacific of conference Mrs) Sadeqi Zohreh Mrs Lady First Iran's of Republic Islamic The .meeting the to delegation four-member a leading is (Khatami the attending ladies first other Khatami, Mrs from Apart Siphandone Thongvanh Madame ,(India) Narayanan Usha Mrs are meeting Sehba Begum Mrs ,(Mongolia) Oyunbileg Azadsurengliin .Mrs ,(Laos) Dr and (Guinea New Papua) Morauta Roslyn Lady ,(Pakistan) Musharaf .(Malaysia) Ali Mohamad Hasmah Siti .Hasmah Siti .Dr by chaired is meeting The of importance the stressed Mahathir Dr remarks, opening his In the of million 14 reached have which institutions micro-credit .families poorest world's of removal the ensure to efforts concerted for called also He .AIDs and STDs HIV, as such diseases socio-communicable such terminology new a years recent in said minister prime The or community a of "mind-set" the to refer This .emerged has "gender" .society considered is it because importance gained has It" :said He ".women and men between discriminate to not Asia-Pacific in governments member urged therefore, Mahathir, Dr will that practice, into development Gender on rhetoric the put to .women urban and rural poor, the help only not women, of inclusion the ensure will practices These" which activities economic other in also but reduction, poverty in "growth, economic increasing by government the help ultimately will .said he BN/LS/YS More