Underscoring the Conference’s importance, the event was inaugurated by US First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and was moderated by Ms. Elizabeth Cheney.This high level conference was attended by women ministers from Islamic countries such as Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, Oman, and Pakistan.
Mrs. Zaklama’s contribution to the Conference centered on the role of the media, both in the US and in Islamic countries, in helping to create a better understanding of other cultures, beliefs, and values. In a discussion with Mrs. Bush, Mrs. Zaklama stressed on the vital role the media doubtlessly plays in forming and cultivating individuals’ perceptions of events and of the “other” in an age where international events necessitate the establishment of an effective and viable inter-cultural dialogue in order to prevent the much-feared “clash of civilizations,”
The Conference aimed primarily at fostering better understanding and boosting the relationship between the US and countries of the Islamic World through increasing the participation of women in key governmental and economic positions.
The scope and effect of events such as the International Women’s Day Conference extends beyond the issue of gender. Rather, this event, by bringing together women of diverse cultures who hold influential government and economic positions, will also play an important role in generating better cross-cultural understanding and acceptance, both vital values in the 21st century.
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