Cherie Blair on Sunday encouraged Palestinian businesswomen to play a stronger role in the local economy.
In a speech to more than 100 Palestinian businesswoman, Blair also urged the international community to invest in the region's women.
"I think we can do a lot for the Palestinian economy by empowering women. It's so important that women develop in this region," said Blair, a leading UK human rights lawyer and wife of former British prime minister and current international Middle East envoy Tony Blair.
Blair told the women that they should play a more powerful role in the local, male-dominated economy.
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