Three hundred women from about 50 countries attended the first Afro-Asian Women's Conference, opened in Cairo, United Arab Republic, Jan 15, to discuss the woman's role in the current struggle for independence and world peace.
GV PAN..from Old Senate Building, Cairo, to placard reading "Afro-Asian Women's Conference".
SV INT..AND CU..Chairman of the National Union, Kammal el din Hussein, makes opening speech.
GV Various delegates.
SCU Chairman of the Afro-Asian Congress, Miss Bahia Karan, makes opening speech.
CU Algerian delegation.
SV Iraq and Vietnam delegation.
CU Japanese delegation.
CU PAN..Russian delegation pan to delegates in national costumes.
SV Chinese delegation.
SV Tunisian delegation.
SV U.A.R.delegation in b/g; Senegal and Sierra Leone delegation in f/g.
SV Liberian delegation.
CU Palestinian delegation.
SCU Miss Karan reads Mr. Khrushchev's message.
SV Delegates applaud.
SV Delegates leave Senate Building and line up for demonstration march.
GV Delegates march through street.
SV PAN..ditto, carrying flags of various countries.
SV Miss Karan leads delegates through street.
GTV Delegates through street.
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Background: Three hundred women from about 50 countries attended the first Afro-Asian Women's Conference, opened in Cairo, United Arab Republic, Jan 15, to discuss the woman's role in the current struggle for independence and world peace. A message of greeting from Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was read at the opening session.
He said the Russians, consistent champions of women's equality, were glad to see millions of women in the two continents fighting for their rights. He was glad, too, that they were fighting for world peace - the closest and dearest wish of women. Other messages were received from President Soekarno of Indonesia and President Nasser of the U.A.R.
After the first session, delegates formed up for a big demonstration march through the streets of Cairo. They were led by Miss Bahia Karan, conference chairman; and protested against imperialism. Some shouted slogans - such as "Down with imperialism in the Congo".
The conference will last for several days.