Israeli chosen to executive board of important UN organization

Thursday, December 21, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
For the first time ever, Israel has been chosen, alongside Spain, to represent the European block in the executive board of the INSTRAW organization, United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women.

The UN organization is the world leader in training and research in the area of gender empowerment and advancement of woman in the world. Mazal Renford was chosen for the position and is current director of the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center, a branch of the MASHAV program for international development in the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Israel was chosen to represent the group of Western countries alongside Spain. The managing committee consists of 10 countries, representing the five geographical regions of the world.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said this is the first time that Israel has been chosen as a member of a management committee within the auspices of the United Nations. The organization’s headquarters is located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with management headquarters in New York.

Israel has a three-year tenure with the committee and the Foreign Ministry said Israel is earning respect in the area of assisting developing countries, including the empowerment of women.

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