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    AMSTERDAM, March 12, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Alexander Dobrovolsky) - Members of the Dutch branch of the international Federation of Professional and Business Ladies have met to discuss plans to hold a special visiting session in St. Petersburg in September 2004. Those present included the few women who are part of the leading twenty entrepreneurs of the Netherlands.

    According to the President of the Federation's Dutch branch, this movement's main task is to consolidate women's efforts across the world to protect their interests and support women's business initiatives. According to her, even successful business ladies in the Netherlands often feel discriminated against by men, for example, when distributing contracts and in some other issues. Therefore, membership in the Federation gives us the opportunity to support each other, seek like-minded people, allies and partners, and helps us develop our business, said the president.

    She also noted that a delegation of 60-70 Dutch women would leave for St. Petersburg's visiting session. We are ready to provide all-out support to Russian business ladies in the fight for equal conditions of business activities in Russia and help them promote their products to European markets, said the president.

    The Federation was set up in 1930, and is now the world's largest organized association of business ladies. It has branches in 108 countries and over 22,000 members in Europe.

    As for Russia, the Federation has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and some other cities, uniting several hundred Russian business ladies.

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