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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).

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INLW Statement Friday March 27th

International Network of Liberal Women (INLW) condemns the continuous arresting and imprisonment of members of oppositional parties in the Republic of Karelia in the Russian Federation!

Yesterday two active women of YABLOKO, of which the Women’s organization is a full member of INLW, were put in prison on fake accusations!

INLW therefore demands the immediate release of Olga Zaletskaya and Alexandra Kornilova!

It is outrageous to see these innocent politically active women being taken from their homes. One lady has two children at home waiting for her as well as her old sick father! Yabloko’s women in different towns of Karelia are good examples as many are engaged in local politics.

In 2013 one Yabloko women was elected Mayor of the capital of Karelia. Quite an achievement being member of the oppositional party Yabloko!

Hereunder the Statement of Yabloko, which we fully underline!

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INLW members met up with other Liberal politicians and guests from five 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).

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Waris Dirie holding the Liberal Internaional Freedom Prize and standing between UK Minister of State Lynne Featherstone and Juli Minoves, President of Liberal International.

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Members of LI speaking to the Press in between the people of the Umbrella Movement.

INLW took part with a members and Board members at the Liberal International 193rd Executive Committee which was held in Hong Kong from 7-10 November 2014. Liberal International’s only individual member Mr Martin Lee and the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) invited LI to convene in Hong Kong. Mr Martin Key, who received the Liberal International Freedom award in 1996 in Noordwijk, The Netherlands, was now also the inspirational speaker explaining to us all about the “UMBRELLA MOVEMENT” which he fully supported.

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President of the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW), Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, has delivered a joint LI-INLW statement to the 27th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 15th 2014. She stated that the Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Eliminating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence should be adopted in a Global Framework. Her text which was shortened when spoken is to be found under the link to the actual video of her oral statement.

The original non shortened message of the campaign which INLW and LI want the international community to hear is:

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Liberal International (LI) has called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to adopt a ground-breaking international legal framework on womens’ rights, which incorporates the Istanbul Convention on the on Preventing and Combatting Violence Against Women.

The existing Convention is currently the most far-reaching, legally binding international instrument addressing violence against women but is limited to only a handful of states in Europe. In a written statement submitted to the 27thSession of the UNHRC, LI has urged for the extension of the Istanbul Convention beyond the borders of Europe. The statement builds on the resolution adopted by LI’s 59th Congress in Rotterdam and calls on the international community to adopt new international law which incorporates all provisions included in the Istanbul Convention.

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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!

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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.

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.

  • 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.