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AMMAN (JT) - Her Royal Highness Princess Basma, in her capacity as honorary President of YWCA–Jordan, met with Monica Zetzsche, president of the World Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and the accompanying delegation at the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD). During the meeting, the Princess thanked the World YWCA for providing its members the opportunity to learn more about the country, the status of Jordanian women, and the positive interfaith context in which Jordanians live. "Jordan has achieved all of this through guaranteeing its population a safe and secure life and working for regional peace despite its economic hardships and the tense political climate of the region," Princess Basma told the delegation. Her Royal Highness also stressed the YWCA's important role of trying to promote greater dialogue and understanding between Islam and the West, adding: "Women play vital roles in rebuilding social networks and communities, reviving economies, and shifting the prevailing logic of war to a culture of peace." On behalf of the World YWCA, Zetzsche thanked the Princess for her participation in the YWCA's International Women's Summit that took place in Brisbane last year. Members of the association discussed their latest activities and programmes which include peace in the Middle East, as well as the establishment of a fund targeting the "Leadership Development of Women" worldwide. Zetzsche also expressed her appreciation for Princess Basma's support for the YWCA and her efforts in promoting women's rights and full participation in public life. The World YWCA delegation's visit to Jordan comes as part of their tour to witness the Kingdom's latest developments, specifically on issues regarding women. Established in 1855, the World YWCA consists of over 25 million women members from over 110 countries. The organisation has been at the forefront of empowering women and girls and lead social, political, economic, and civil change.

14th August 2003