March 8, 1999

Release No. 010-99

CONTACT: Kelly A. Lees
PHONE: (202) 205-3852

United States Information Agency- News Release


Washington, D.C. -- African participants in a U.S. Information Agency (USIA) International Visitor program, Women and the Law, met today with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House. The project is designed to familiarize participants with the American system of justice and the evolution of women's rights in the U.S.

Participating are female magistrates, judges, lawyers, and law professors from 18 sub-Saharan African countries. During the course of their three-week program, participants will examine such issues as preventing domestic violence, alternative dispute resolution, combating sexual harassment, protecting children's rights, legal education for women, and the impact of the women's vote. These issues will be examined from national, state, and local perspectives, providing exposure to a range of political and cultural viewpoints.

Each year USIA's International Visitor (IV) Program brings approximately 5,000 people to the U.S. for three-to-four week visits to meet and confer with professional counterparts and to experience firsthand the U.S. and its institutions. The visitors -- both established and promising figures in government, politics, the media, education, labor, science, and the arts -- are selected by American embassies. The Women and the Law program began in early March in Washington, D.C. and will continue in Jacksonville, Fla.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; and Boston, Mass.

Please contact Kelly Lees or Jimmye Walker in the Office of Public Liaison at (202) 619-4355 for a detailed program schedule.

United States Information Agency, 301 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20547 Tel: (202) 619-4355, Fax: (202) 619-6988

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USIA's programs include the Voice of America, Radio and TV Martí, the WORLDNET satellite television system, the daily Washington File newswire, the Fulbright scholarship program, the International Visitor Program, the Speakers and Specialists Program, three Foreign Press Centers in the United States, and a network of overseas resource and cultural centers. The Agency has 190 posts in 141 countries. The USIA domestic server can be accessed through or through most search engines on the Internet.

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