Activities


Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk (President INLW) and Marianne Kallen (Vice President Europe) attended ALDE Congress in Warsaw.

Various subjects were discussed in different forum Meetings:
• the future of EU-Nato,
• Tackling Cybersecurity Challenges in an Evolving Digital Landscape Cooperation,
• The future of the European Economy Post-Brexit,
• Machines, Jobs and Equality: Technological change and the labor market in Europe.
• How does media reporting shape the outcome of Elections?

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Ensaf Haldar, the wife of jailed Saudi liberal blogger Raif Badawi and President of the Raif Badawi Foundation, has been presented with the 2016 Liberal International Prize for Freedom on behalf of her husband at a special ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels. Our President, Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk, and vice president, Khadija El Morabit, were both present on this occasion.

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INLW was represented at the Meeting by Joaquima Alemany (Past President), Khadija El Morabit (Vice President for MENA region), Lysbeth van Valkenburg (Treasurer) and Margaret de Vos van Steenwijk (President).

On Thursday afternoon, we kicked off with the discussion on the importance of working together between political parties, NGO’s and Networks in different regions. Within Liberal International we distinguish different regional liberal networks like CALD (Asian liberal Parties) ALDE (European Liberal parties) Relial (Latin American), ALN (African Liberal Network), ALF (Arabic Liberals) and Libseen (East European).

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Wassenaar, September 12th 2016

Dear members,

The next Liberal International Executive Committee Meeting will take place in Marrakesh between 11 and 13th November 2016.
As a member of INLW you are welcome to attend.
Some members of the INLW Board will attend and we hope to have a gathering of members and interested women guests on the Sunday the 13th of November.
On the 11th of November there will be 2 events concerning women. First the NDI (National Democratic Institute based in the USA) together with LI and INLW will tackle the subject
“# Not the the Cost Campaign”, which is about violence in all forms against female politicians.

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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.

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.