Clinton: Women must be part of new Mideast

By the Associated Press | September 19, 2011 | 10:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is urging women world leaders to reach out to the new emerging democracies in the Middle East and North Africa.

She says they must ensure that the women who demonstrated, blogged and put their lives on the line are included in their country's democratic future.

If women are left out of the democratic transformation Clinton said the country "will not be a true democracy."

Clinton spoke at a high-level U.N. event Monday to promote greater political participation of women at all levels of government.

Sitting beside Brazil's President Dilma Roussef, Clinton said "clearly as someone who tried to be a president, it is very encouraging to see those who actually end up as a president."