March 5, 1999

Release No. 090-99

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

United States Information Agency- News Release



Washington, D.C. -- Chinese women leaders in the U.S. on a USIA-sponsored Citizen Exchange program met today with First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at the White House. The program, Women in Leadership, brings a group of Chinese women leaders from a variety of professional fields to the U.S. to further the dialogue between Chinese and American women leaders at all levels of society. Members of this delegation participated in a "Dialogue with Chinese Women" during the First Lady's trip to Beijing in June 1998.

Participants will confer with women leaders in government, politics, education and business while exploring in detail important issues including women's health, literacy, and legal rights. In addition, the visitors will explore many of the "critical areas of concern" identified in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action at the Fourth World Conference on Women including poverty, education and training, health, and violence.

USIA"s Citizen Exchange Program develops international exchange grant projects with American non-profit institutions, including voluntary community organizations, professional associations, and universities. The Women in Leadership program, which began in late February in Washington, D.C., is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). After departing Washington on March 6, the group travels to New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and California.

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

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