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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).

INLW had submitted a resolution to the 59th LI congress in Rotterdam on the Istanbul Convention calling liberal parties party to the Council of Europe to press on their governments to sign, ratify and implement this very important Convention on preventing and combating violence against women.

Liberal parties from outside the Council of EU should urge their governments to introduce into their own legislation the content of the provisions of the Istanbul Convention.

Furthermore LI now calls upon all governments to work towards a worldwide UN Convention on preventing and combating violence against women taking the CEDAW as a possible model. By signing, ratifying and finally implementing this still utopian Convention, preventing and combating violence against women will form an integral part of every government policy world wide. And that is our aim!

The resolution was unanimously adopted by the Liberal International Congress on May 26th.

It is the intention of INLW together with ALDE GEN to launch a campaign on this subject. Cooperation of all involved is called for!

In the last part of the Fringe Meeting  INLW and ALDE GEN officially announced their decision to become partners. In working close together both organizations will be able to strengthen each other.

Ingrid de Caluwé and Marianne Kallen are pleased to see Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk President of INLW  and  Flo Clucas, President of ALDE GEN shake hands with each other on the occassion of the launching of the partnership between INLW and ALDE GEN. Behind them are stated goals for the partnership.

  • Both ALDE Party GEN and INLW will work together to ensure that women and men are able to reach their full potential.
  • We will work together to highlight and combat all forms of violence against girls and women.
  • We will work together to bring forward appropriate campaign and policy proposals to encourage women and girls get involved in politics and in the decision making process at all levels.
  • The theme of the LI Congress being “Enhancing Global Trade” INLW chose to follow the theme at the INLW Fringe Meeting “Morning Debate on Global Trade and Women”. We started off this early morning with Chair Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk welcoming everyone (around 35 attendees) and speaking shortly on what INLW is. She then introduced the speakers.

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    The Board of INLW knows Juli Minoves well as he has always been a staunch supporter of INLW and its work for gender equality and women’s human rights.

    26th of May at the end of the LI Congress: Liberal International’s new President, Juli Minoves surrounded by his admirers; a.o. left Joaquima Alemany, past Pres. INLW; to right of Juli Minoves, Margaret de Vos;Anne Chen, DPP Taiwan; Soesila Verhagen; Kaba Fofana; Marie Louisa Florensa, Secretary General INLW

    INLW organizes Meet and Greet Drinks on Tuesday 23rd April 8.30 pm at  Café Restaurant Floor, Rotterdam.

    MEET AND GREET DRINKS for Liberal International Congress participants and INLW and Womens Network of VVD. Dutch liberals want to meet the members of the Liberal International family and vice versa. So after the harbor tour, come and join us all for drinks in Restaurant Floor. If you feel like dinner by that time you will able to get some dinner at this restaurant at that time as well.

    INLW Participation

    INLW will participate with a number of her members in this LI Congress. The theme of the congress is “Enhancing Global Trade”. Therefore we chose to follow the theme at our Fringe Meeting which we will be able to hold on Saturday 26th April at 9 am in the Doelen, the congress venue . The theme of this INLW “Morning Debate on Global Trade and Women”. Different aspects will be covered and we hope to have a good discussion using predetermined statements.

    Speakers will be:

  • Ingrid de Caluwé,  MP VVD spokesperson on Development Cooperation
  • Flo Clucas OBE, President of the ALDE Gender Equality Network,
  • Hakima el Haiti, Minister of Environment, Marocco MP party  (to be confirmed),
  • Soesila Verhagen, INLW Board member, development specialist,
  • INLW and ALDE GEN becoming  partners

    In the last part of this Fringe Meeting  at the end of this discussion INLW and ALDE GEN will officially announce their decision to become partners. In working close together both organizations will be able to strengthen each other.

    INLW Resolution on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women as foreseen in the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe

    INLW has submitted a resolution to the LI congress on the Istanbul Convention calling liberal parties to press on their governments to sign, ratify and implement this very important Convention on preventing and combating violence against women.

    It is the intention of INLW to launch a campaign on this subject.

    For the countries outside the Council of Europe INLW intends to encourage them as well to introduce the content of the provisions of the Convention into their own legislation where this legislation is not yet provided for on this subject .  And the ultimate  point on the horizon is a UN Convention being  set up and that all countries world wide embrace this future world wide Convention by signing, ratifying and finally implementing it so that preventing and combating  violence against women will form an integral part of every government policy world wide.

    INLW organiseert “MEET and GREET Drinks” op donderdagavond  24 april om 20.30 uur in Café Restaurant Floor, Schouwburgplein 28 te Rotterdam. Restaurant Floor ligt naast de Doelen, onder één dak met de Schouwburg en op loopafstand van station Rotterdam Centraal. Dit ter gelegenheid van het Liberal International Congress (LI congress), dat van donderdag 24 tot zondag 27 april 2014 gehouden wordt in de Doelen te Rotterdam. Voor meer informatie over het congres zie:

    INLW, waar het Liberaal Vrouwen Netwerk en enkele LVNers individueel lid van zijn, wil op deze “Meet and Greet netwerkborrel“ de mogelijkheid bieden, dat de Nederlandse LVNers en de internationale liberale conferentiedeelnemers elkaar kunnen ontmoeten. Maak gebruik van deze kans! De LI delegate members komen uit de hele wereld voor dit congres naar Rotterdam. De laatste keer dat LI in Nederland een congres hield was in 1996 in Noordwijk. Aangezien het congres zelf alléén toegankelijk is voor de delegates is deze borrel de enige mogelijkheid om VVDers iets van het LI congres te laten meemaken! Wij, LVN stuurgroep en INLW bestuur, vinden het ook belangrijk dat de liberalen uit de wereld als zij nu Nederland aandoen de mogelijkheid krijgen VVDers te ontmoeten en te spreken!

    Ook al is het iets kortdag, kom met z’n allen deze Liberalen welkom heten in onze Liberale kring! Het is zeker handig voor de organisatie als je laat weten of je denkt te komen!

    Ik verheug mij jullie donderdag de 24ste om 20.30 te zien en jullie aan andere wereld liberalen voor te stellen!

    INLW houdt op donderdag 24 april, 14.00-15.00 uur haar General Meeting in het Manhattan Hotel in Rotterdam, Board Room. Leden van INLW zijn van harte welkom deze huishoudelijke vergadering bij te wonen.

    On behalf of the Board of International Network of Liberal Women we would like to inform you about some of the last events that INLW has participated in.

    INLW was represented with a delegation at the 58th Commission on the Status of Women at the UN held from 10th till 22nd of March in New York. The theme of this year’s CSW was “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. See under ECOSOC for more information on our written Statement on the importance of including human rights in primary education. Our delegation consisted of Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, president of INLW, Christine de Saint Genois and May Sing Yang both vice Presidents of INLW.

    We were present with a delegation at the Executive Meeting of Liberal International held in Antigua, Guatemala between 18th and 20th of October 2013. INLW was represented there by amongst others Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk and Soesila Verhagen, member of the Board of INLW.

    As you will be aware of Liberal International will hold its next Congress in Rotterdam in the Netherlands from Thursday 24th till Sunday 27th of April. For further information see At this congress INLW plans fringe meeting on Saturday the 26th of April from 9.00 am until 11.00 am. During this meeting we will launch cooperation in the form of a partnership with the ALDE Party Gender Equality Network (ALDE GEN).

    Speakers at the INLW fringe meeting are:
    Ingrid de Caluwé, member of the Dutch Parliament and
    Flo Clucas, Chairman of the ALDE GEN.

    The theme will be “Global Trade and Women”.

    We will also hold our INLW General Meeting at this congress on Thursday 24th of April from 2.00 pm till 3.30 pm at the Manhattan Hotel in Rotterdam. All paying members have voting rights at our INLW General Meetings.

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2014 wants to voice their concern that even if everyone agrees this should not be happening there is still every hour wide spread violence comitted against women and girls in all the corners of the world.

    It has different faces, but domestic violence, in the form of sexual harassment, rape, forced marriage, crime committed in the name of so-called “honour” and genital mutilation all constitute violations of humen rights of women and girls.
    What’s more, some of these atrocious acts of violence are even used as weapons in armed conflicts.
    INLW President Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk calls upon the individual politicians to work on their governments to ratify the Council of Europe “Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence”. Start with ratifying and signing that those countries who are a member of the Council of European. And then set up an evaluation plan in your country to measure the implementation.

    Parlementarians outside Europe, she calls upon to work on globalizing this Convention so that hopefully sometime in the not too distant future, governments will be held accountable for violence against women, which is committed within their nations!

    To empower all women and girls so they will fall victim so easily to violence; the basic human right for women and girls to go to school to get equal education must be strictly enforced everywhere!

    So on this 2014 International Women’s Day there is still little reason to be optimistic on the human rights of Women and Girls! There is still much work to be done bij women and men together!

    Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk-Groeneveld
    President of INLW

    Christine de saint Genois (right on the first picture, left on the second picture), Vice President INLW, Ambassador against excision, member of Liberal Alternative France.

    In commemoration of the international Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM (Female genital mutilation) edition 2014 in presence of the UN director Michael Moller, Commandante Christine de Saint Genois Ambassador against excision (GA-FMG) participated at the opening ceremony of an art exhibition by artists expressing themselves about FGM. Followed by the annual symposium “a University Chair on FGM.”

    Ambassador Christine de Saint Genois in her opening speech, in presence of ambassadors, permanent missions ministers, representatives of OMS, and ONGs said:
    “We will applaud the shift in the way the international community supports countries in their efforts to eliminate FGM, but it is not enough, it must accelerate!

    I will also applaud the impressive number of men in this assembly” and she will terminate her speech by saying: “Will the screams of these little girls and the cries of distress of these mutilated women who resound in our hearts become the rallying cry of the international collaboration for the annihilation of FGM or FSM and for the rehabilitation of the victims to stop the violence against women in the world.”