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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-01-27

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Papandreou addresses Socialist International Women's conference

  • [01] Papandreou addresses Socialist International Women's conference

    Main opposition PASOK President George Papandreou said that 40% of the cabinet should his party be elected into office will be comprised of women, during his address at the Socialist International Women's conference in Athens on Friday.

    He said that one of the key changes he made as president of PASOK was to establish that women constitute 40% of the party's elected bodies.

    "Women promote global values in a world with diverse cultural realities. This issue confirms women's importance, the added value they offer, the policy and the capacity to build new channels of communication and hope" he said, adding that "our Movement became synonymous with drastic institutional changes in Greece regarding [gender] equality."

    Papandreou provided conference attendees with various data regarding women all over the world, such as the fact that of the 750 million illiterate people in the world, two-thirds are women, while of the 1.3 billion people living below the poverty level, 900 million are women.

    "I believe that if more women held positions of responsibility and power we would not have such phenomena," he said.

    "It is only with new concepts regarding a woman's role can we begin to talk about a different social model, a different model of power, a different model of human relations, a different model of governance - democratic, humane and just," he concluded.

    Earlier on Friday, PASOK Secretary Mariliza Xenogiannakopoulou stressed during a joint press conference with the organisation's President Pia Locatelli, that great changes were brought about within the party thanks to Papandreou's strong support and initiative.


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