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VOA to Aim Spotlight on International Women’s Day


The series will examine women in positions of leadership, women's health, and the status of women in their struggle for equal rights

Washington, D.C., March 5, 2007 – The Voice of America (VOA) will mark International Women’s Day on March 8 with a series that highlights the achievements of women around the world and focuses on their continuing struggle for equality.

Starting today, the series will examine women in positions of leadership, women’s health, and the status of women in their struggle for equal rights. Some reports include a look at women in the United States Armed Forces; the declining birthrate of girls in India; a female police officer in Kandahar, Afghanistan; and the growing number of female defense ministers in Latin America. The series also features interviews with professional women ranging from United States Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Sue Myrick (R-NC), to a female entrepreneur in India.

VOA journalists in countries around the globe including Afghanistan, Iraq, Ecuador, Kenya and Senegal have contributed radio and television reports that highlight the challenges that women face around the world.

VOA’s material on International Women’s Day is available at www.voanews.com.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at 202-203-4959 or E-Mail publicaffairs@voa.gov.

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