From Herald Wire Services
SANTIAGO, Chile -- Hillary Rodham Clinton addressed other first ladies
hemisphere Wednesday, calling for more women in positions of power.
``Democracy and prosperity cannot be attained or sustained in countries
not value women,'' Mrs. Clinton told the gathering. ``Women still do not hold
enough positions of authority, responsibility and power.''
She added, however, ``We stand at a moment of great opportunity for women
Mrs. Clinton, who was delayed by a trip to Puerto Rico to survey damage
Hurricane Georges, arrived for the final day of the Eighth Annual Conference for
the Wives of Heads of State and Government in the Americas.
The two-day meeting ended Wednesday with the release of a final document
The Americas Pave the Way Today for the Year 2000.
The 20-point document addresses topics of women's leadership, education,
economic development and human rights in the hemisphere.
The text stresses specific measures like quality of life improvement for
women, creation of legal resources for victims of family violence and children's
The participants declared that progress has been made since the previous
conference in areas like early pregnancy prevention, cancer prevention and
control, the fight against measles, elimination of violence and the protection of
Two health problems were addressed: an increase of AIDS cases among women
and young adults, and the persistence of measles in the hemisphere.
Concerning measles, the statement pledged efforts to eliminate the disease
hemisphere by 2000.
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