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Haniyeh to appoint female minister

March 9, 2010 6:24 P.M. (Updated: March 11, 2010 9:51 A.M.)
Gaza – Ma’an – De facto Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced Tuesday that his government intends to appoint a female minister to head a Women’s Affairs Ministry in the Gaza Strip.

“The government is planning to appoint a number of female ministers to better include them in the decision-making process,” Haniyeh told attendees at an event honoring women in the workforce in Gaza City.

“We are a national government, based on Islamic principles, and we call on women to be more involved in the parliament, municipalities, and ministries. We are proud of this for this is a woman’s right,” he added, speaking at the Palestinian Legislative Council building.

Haniyeh said the Gaza government will place more importance on women’s issues, and giving their concerns more attention.

The announcement came a day after Palestinian women marked International Women's Day, taking part in rallies and other events throughout the occupied Palestinian territories.
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