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Correspondence and reports concerning the establishing of YWCA organizations in Indonesia, Iran and Iraq. Before establishing YWCA centers in a country specific steps are carried out including assessing the needs of the women, considering the interest of the women in the country, seeking government permission if necessary, and visiting the country to make assessments of the situation there. In the case of Iran, the country is in a time of great social and economic change, especially for women, documents discuss the opportunities and challenges that may be present in the establishment of a YWCA there. In addition, reports from secretaries after visiting Iran provide accounts of their travels and describe the situations regarding women's health, social standing, spiritual lives and employment and education opportunities.
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Indonesia, Iraq and Iran, Sophia Smith Collection, MS 324, Smith College Special Collections, Northampton, Massachusetts.