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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Ecuador's President Commends Women

Quito, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) President of Ecuador Rafael Correa highlighted the work done by women in society Monday during the inauguration of the 10th Regional Conference of Women in Latin America and the Caribbean.

At the meeting, attended by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and Vice President of the Spanish Government Maria Teresa Fernandez, Correa noted his government has increased women's participation in Ecuadorean politics.

"Both, the domestic and professional work of women, are important,"

he said, while noting that 50 percent of the Ecuadorian Executive are women.

"I pay tribute to the work done by women at home. We recognize their work like never before, and they must be praised by the State,"

he asserted.

The conference, attended by delegations from 40 countries, is discussing the situation of women in Latin America, as well as actions to be implemented to achieve gender equality in the region.

Women constitute 50 percent of the population in Latin America.

However, they are underrepresented in most Parliaments and other State powers, according to the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

Ten years after the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, "women remain a minority in decision-making processes" and earn 30 percent less than men on average, ECLAC says.

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