Cherie meets Chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim
Cherie with the First Lady of Malaysia
Meeting the Finance Minister of Bangladesh
This will be an effort not only to educate but to inspire youth in the rural community to see education as an important tool to break out of poverty.
Whilst on a visit to Kuala Lumpur earlier this month, Cherie met Chancellor Datuk Rafiah Salim to discuss possible cooperation with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and women's matters in general. This was followed by a meeting with the First Lady, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, at the Private Residence of the Prime Minister in Putrajaya.
I am honoured to meet Rosmah and share values and our commitment to help other women, particularly the less fortunate. This will be an effort not only to educate but to inspire youth in the rural community to see education as an important tool to break out of poverty.
During their meeting they found many topics of mutual interest including education and Cherie invited her to the Asian University for Women's Conference being held in Dhaka in January 2011. This conference aims to share ideas for the development of education for underprivileged women, whilst the University is for women from underprivileged backgrounds from all over Asia. At the Conference, the First Lady plans to present a keynote address on women's education.
It has to start with education and I believe Malaysia can contribute a lot as we have been providing free education and we too encourage education among our women.
Cherie, who is Patron of the AUW believes that education is vital if these women are to have social mobility and believes they should have equal access to education:
The idea is for them to get education for free and go back to their respective countries and spread the knowledge to their own people.
They also discussed work of the Loomba Foundation and the plight of widows and Cherie explained the present campaign to persuade to UN to recognise widows in its gender policy. Whilst in Malaysia, Cherie also visited the International School of Kuala Lumpur where she discussed women's rights with students.
In Bangladesh Cherie paid a call on the Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina. They discussed their mutual interest in education and the Asian University which is based in Bangladesh. They both later met the Foreign Minister, Dr Dipu Moni. She then met the Finance Minister, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, to discuss the AUW the AUW and financial matters. Their visit ended with a dinner hosted by the High Commissioner Stephen Evans.