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    The fourth National Conference of the Algerian Women's Union opened in Algiers on Saturday (30 September).

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    SV PAN Women arriving at conference hall in Algiers.
    GV Speaker Mohamed Salah Yahiaoui and crest of Women's Union. (2 SHOTS)
    SV Delegates at conference. (2 SHOTS)
    SV Women delegates listening to speech. (6 SHOTS)
    SV Delegates seated listening. (5 SHOTS)
    SV PAN Women delegates listening.
    GV Delegates listening.

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    Background: The fourth National Conference of the Algerian Women's Union opened in Algiers on Saturday (30 September). Delegates from all over the country and Algerian women living in Europe, gathered to discuss the changing role of women in every aspect of social and political life.
    SYNOPSIS: The conference was held in the International Congress Hall in Algiers. Representatives of the Algerian government were present during the opening session and listened to an address by Mohamed Salah Yahiaoui, a member of the ruling Revolutionary Council. Monsieur yahiaoui stressed the need for all women to guard against discrimination, and described the feminist movement as an important part of Algerian political life. More than 780 delegates to the conference from 31 regional groups were joined by a party of women from France, who were to comment upon the particular problems encountered by Algerian women living abroad.
    The Algerian Women's Union was founded to help support the national movement against sexual discrimination. The Union's charter outlines the main problem areas, which although radically improved in recent years, still require further reforms. The Union emphasises the need for educational training, so that women become aware of their rights and can fight to attain equality, both at work and in the home.

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