United Nations (UN) Secretary General Kofi Annan announced yesterday that he has appointed as Thoraya Ahmed Obaid Executive Director of the UN Population Fund. Obaid, an American-educated Saudi woman, has led the Population Fundís division for the Arab nations and Europe since 1998, and has 25 years of experience in womenís issues and development. She participated in two high-level missions to Afghanistan, investigating the treatment of women under the brutal Taliban regime. The UN Population Fund, aimed at reducing population growth worldwide, has made the expansion of womenís rights a priority.
Media Resources: New York Times - October 26, 2000
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