WARSAW, 8 May 2003 - A three-day international conference on improving participation of women in public and economic life will open on 13 May in the Polish capital Warsaw.
The meeting is organized by the Warsaw-based Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the human rights and democratization institution of the 55-nation Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
More than 150 government representatives, international experts and activists from across Europe, North America, the Caucasus and Central Asia will discuss in five working groups what states, international organizations and non-governmental organizations can do to promote the role of women in democratic and economic processes.
Media representatives are invited to attend the opening of the meeting on Tuesday, 13 May 2003 starting from 14:30 in the Centrum Konferencyjne MON, Ul. Zwirki i Wigury 9/13, Warsaw.
14:30 Opening of photo exhibition "Images of women in the South Caucasus"
Photographs by Eric Gourlan (France)
Introductory remarks by Nana Devdariani, Ombudsperson of Georgia
Location: Foyer of Conference Centre
15:00 Opening Session
Statements and keynote speeches by:
Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, Polish Government Plenipotentiary for Equal Status for Women and Men
Ambassador Christian Strohal, Director of the OSCE/ODIHR
Nana Devdariani, Ombudsperson of Georgia
Prof. Cornelis Flinterman (Netherlands), Member of the CEDAW Committee
Location: Conference Hall
Interviews with the participants may be arranged upon request.