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Iran's First Lady to chair international ladies conference

First Lady of Iran, Zohreh Sadeqhi, the wife of President Mohammad Khatami will chair international conference of Khawateen Karbala in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, IRNA reported.

Barrister Rubab Mehdi, Chairperson Markazi Imam Hussain Council (Ladies Wing) giving details of the conference said that 700 lady scholars from various school of thoughts will participate in this event.

The theme of the conference will be the teachings of Khawateen Karbala and unity of Muslim Ummah, state APP news agency quoted her saying.

She said wives of the Muslim diplomats based in Islamabad and prominent lady scholars from all over the country will be among the participants.

Heading a nine-member delegation, Iran's First Lady is to arrive here Sunday night to participate in the third meeting of the Regional Steering Committee for the Advancement of Rural Island Women of the Asia Pacific (RSC-AP) starting from February 10.

In addition to taking part in these events, Ms. Sadeghi will participate in functions marking the 25th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and inauguration of the Iran Colony's Mosque.

President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf will open the moot and First Lady Begum Sehba Musharraf who is the current chairperson of the RSC-AP will present the main objectives of the committee and the meeting in her keynote address.

The theme of the third summit is Rural Women in Governance, Making a Difference, whereas two sub-themes are Political Empowering of Rural Women as a Means of Alleviating Poverty, and Micro-Credit for Economic Empowering of Rural Women.

At the concluding ceremony of the summit, a new chairperson of RSC-AP will be elected.

The summit will adopt Islamabad Declaration and finalize Rules of Procedure of RSC-AP, at its concluding session on February 12.

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