Board INLW 29-10-2015
INLW is an association of women from countries world-wide who support the principles of liberalism.

Membership is open to all liberal groups, parties and organisations, as well as individual persons, who support INLW aims.

The activities of INLW are inspired also on the principles of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. INLW performs these principles which are the basis of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against women (CEDAW).

Wassenaar, April 2016

Dear member,
As I mentioned in my last letter, we were present at the 60th Liberal International Congress in Mexico City, where we held our INLW General Meeting.
During this meeting some new members of our Board were installed.
Our new Board consists of:
President: Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, Netherlands;
Deputy President: Hakima El Haité, Morocco;
Secretary General: Mireia Huerta Sala, Spain;
Treasurer: Lysbeth van Valkenburg-Lely, Netherlands;
Vice Presidents: Kaba Fofana Yaya Fanta, Côte d’Ivoire; Marianne Kallen-Morren, Netherlands; Khadija El Morabit, Morocco; Patricia Olamendi, Mexico; Maysing Yang, Taiwan
Member: Leticia Gutíerrez, Mexico
Immediate Past President: Joaquima Alemany Roca, Spain
Board INLW 29-10-2015

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From left to right: Juliana Nikolova, President Women Forum Liberal Democratic Party, Macedonia
Fouzia El Bayed, Member of Parliament, Union Constitutionelle, Morocco
Patricia Olamendi, Vice President INLW Latin America, Int’l consultant UN Women, Nueva Allianz, Mexico
Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, President INLW, moderator
Lysbeth van Valkenburg, Tresurer INLW
Jeroen Lorist, advisor Rutgers. Prevention + Engaging men to prevent gender based violence
Leticia Guttierez, member Board INLW, Chairman of women faction of Nueva Allianza, Mexico

Ready for our parallel event to be held during 60th CSW at the UN in the Church centre 10th floor on Tuesday 8.30!

Subject: “from Istanbul Convention to Implementation: Addressing Violence against Women at different levels after a fruitful pre meeting.

We hope for a very animated morning with fruitfull discussion.

On going: Campaign for the globalization of the Istanbul Convention: #1in10neveragain

14-24 March 2016: Commission on the Status of Women (60th CSW) at the United Nations in New York; an INLW delegation will participate. INLW has submitted a written Statement.
INLW will co-organize a side event on Monday 14th March and on Tuesday 22nd March, focusing on preventing and fighting violation against women.

20-22 May 2016: Executive Commission of Liberal International in Tiblisi, Georgia: INLW as a member of LI will participate with a delegation. INLW will hopefully be able to organize an INLW panel discussion.

After the General Meeting on 29th October 2015 INLW held a public panel discussion on:

Violence against women is a world wide disgrace: Will globalizing the Istanbul Convention be the remedy?

After an introduction by Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk who explained that INLW together with Liberal International are campaigning to globalize the Istanbul Convention. This is the most comprehensive international legally binding instrument on violence against women and girls and domestic violence. It is open for member nations but also nations outside the Council of Europe. We aim to encourage liberal leaders and parliamentarians across Europe and the larger global community to lend their support and positions of power to globalizing this Convention. The social media campaign will be led by #1in10neveragain. This refers to the fact that more than 1 in 10 girls worldwide have experienced forced sexual activity.

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On October 29th 2015 INLW held its General Meeting in Hotel Royal Pedregal in Mexico City. The Board of INLW had got together there because Liberal International was holding its 60th congress there. INLW’s Constitution stipulates that INLW holds it’s General Meeting in conjunction of the LI Congress.

Hakima el Haiti, Joaquima Alemany, Patricia Olamendi, Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, Leticia Gutiérrez Corona, Maissa Florensa, Maysing Yang, Lysbeth van Valkenburg-Lely

A new Board was proposed and with no contra proposals the proposed new Board was accorded by the GM. The new board is:

President: Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk- Groeneveld (second term), The Netherlands
Immediate past president: Joaquima Alemany Roca, Catalonia, Spain
Deputy president: Hakima el Haiti (second term), Morocco
Secretary general: Mireia Huerta Sala (first term), Catalonia, Spain
Treasurer: Lysbeth van Valkenburg-Lely (first term) The Netherlands
Vice-president Europe: Marianne Kallen-Morren (first term, former Treasurer), The Netherlands
Vice-president Asia: Maysing Yang (second term), Taiwan
Vice-president sub Sahara Africa: Kaba Fofana Yaya Fanta (second term), Ivory Coast
Vice-president Mena region: Khadija el Morabit, (second term), Morocco

Designated Vice-president Latin America: Patricia Olamendi, Mexico (decision of Board to propose her for election at the next GM at the next LI congress)
Designated Member of the Board: Leticia Gutíerrez

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Time flies, but we have not been sitting still! A short resume of what happened this year so far.

  • INLW members met up with other Liberal politicians and guests from 5 regions of the world in the House of Lords in the UK Parliament on January 29th to honour the 2014 Liberal International Prize for Freedom laureate Ms Waris Dirie, who has brought global attention to the suffering inflicted by female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • We have been to the 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York in our capacity of NGO with a Special Consultative Status at the UN ECOSOC. We submitted a written Statement on the globalization of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating  violence against women and girls and domestic violence. We did submit/prepare a joint  oral Statement with Liberal International, but due to the amount of NGO requests we were not able to actually deliver it orally. We also were sub host to a fringe meeting organized by UN Human Watch and LI, where our board members Ms Kaba Fofana (VP Sub Sahara Africa)and Maysing Yang(VP Asia) spoke and I was asked to stand in as Chair.
  • The new Liberal International President Juli Minoves has taken it upon himself to work towards a renewed Liberal Manifesto in 2015. He invited a variety of Liberal personages/scholars to gather on March 21st in Oxford, where the first Manifesto of LI was born in 1947. I was honoured to be invited to keep an eye on the gender issues in this renewed view on Liberalism!
  • The last Executive Committee of Liberal International was held in Zurich in June (12/14) where INLW was represented by Maysing Yang from Taiwan, VP Asia; Soesila Verhagen, Deputy Assistent and myself. On Monday the 16th of June INLW hosted a succesful afternoon fringe session at the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations in Geneva on the globalization of the Instanbul Convention.
  • As you may remember we submitted a resolution at the last LI Congress in Rotterdam in April 2014 on this subject which was unanimously adopted. Liberal International and INLW as you see have now joined forces in a joint campaign to achieve this eventual globalization of the Istanbul Convention.

    Our main plans for autumn 2015 are:

    Taking part at the 60th Liberal International Congress in Mexico City from Thursday 29th October till 1st of November with an INLW delegation. We plan to pick up the second phase of the joint campaign together with LI on the ratification and globalization of the Istanbul Convention.

    Call to all members to pay their 2015 subsciption to INLW

    Please do so as we need your support to continue our work. See hereunder on how to pay. N.B. Those members who will be in Mexico we urge to pay their yearly subscription as only members who have paid their 2015 subscription have voting rights.

    Individual Membership fee is €15 ; Group Membership fee €150

    Payable by International Money transfer to INLW account in Wassenaar, NL:

    Name: Stichting INLW; Account number: BIC: ABNANL2A; IBAN: NL19ABNA0537746102.

    As prescribed in our Constitution we are to hold our next General Meeting of INLW during the LI Congress in Mexico City, which is held from 29th of October till November 1st. This will be rather inconvenient for our members to come in big numbers, as we do not have a great number of members at the moment in Latin or Middle America. At this General meeting there will have to be some changes to the Board due to terms of office expiring and members being re-elected for their next term of office. Exact time and place will be communicated when the LI program is definite.

    We also plan to continue our campaign there and hold a fringe meeting on the subject of stopping violence against women and girls and domestic violence. Also INLW tabled 3 resolutions to the LI Congress in Mexico: Deterioration instead of improvement of Women’s rights in Russia; INLW launch Istanbul Convention Campaign and Insecurity and Climate Change two vast Challenges for Women in Africa.