Hollywood stars reach out to Moroccan women
Morocco-USA, Culture, 5/11/2005
A group of Hollywood stars will conduct a goodwill trip to Morocco early next June in a mission to forge lasting bonds of friendship with women leaders in this Muslim nation that is experiencing a "smooth revolution" as a result of steps taken by King Mohammed VI to empower women in all walks of life.
The group includes Jorja Fox, who plays Sara Sidle on the long-running American television hit series CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), and friend Cheri Shankar, board member of several non-profit organizations in Los Angeles, California, says the Friendship Caravan on its website.
The trip is coordinated by The Friendship Caravan -a non-profit organization- in cooperation with the Embassy of Morocco in Washington, and sponsored by the Moroccan National Tourism Office.
The Friendship caravan president, Michael Kirtley, told "Aujourd'hui le Maroc" daily reporters will not miss the opportunity to give wide coverage to the trip and, therefore, to Morocco.
The pair plans to propose the creation of a conference in 2006 celebrating women innovators from both nations, says the NGO.
The Friendship caravan which "aspires to bring Arabs and Americans together through events and educational programs, help to eliminate misconceptions and foster understanding," stresses that "Morocco is one of the most fascinating and culturally rich countries in the world.
In exotic locales such as Fez, Casablanca, Marrakech, and the Sahara Desert, Jorja and Cheri plan to offer ongoing support from American women to their Moroccan counterparts, particularly following the galvanizing impact of the progressive new family law called Moudwanna. They will meet numerous leaders and dignitaries in politics, government, social reform, education, business and the arts, and take time to enjoy Morocco's architecture, art, music, folklore, and natural beauty.
The caravan quotes on its website Jorja Fox as saying: "Through this trip to Morocco I hope to encourage other people to visit and to be more understanding of cultures that are different than their own. I also hope that we will be able to spread this message by laying the groundwork with The Friendship Caravan and Moroccan partners for an annual 'America-Morocco Friendship Conference of Women Innovators.'"
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