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Iran's women news agency to be launched

11/24/04 Mashhad, Razavi Khorassan prov, Nov 24, IRNA -- Iran's Women News Agency, IWNA, the first of its kind in Iran, will be inaugurated on December 14 to disseminate women-related news, it was announced in Mashhad on Wednesday.

Iranian women will have an independent news agency and information base for the first time in the history of the country, said Head of Women Forum affiliated to Iran's Islamic Councils Sediqeh Qanadi.

IWNA, the women news agency is to officially become operational on December 14 on the occasion of birth anniversary of Hazrat-e Ma'soumeh, a revered Shiite figure and the sister of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth infallible Imam of the blessed household of Prophet Muhammad (SAWA), added Qanadi.

She said that IWNA is a non-political and non-feminism news agency and its news will be purely devoted to women.

The news agency is to update the information in various fields, to provide people with wide coverage of information, to show women's activities and potentials, to display the researches they have done and to expose the problems they are facing in the society, she said.

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