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.
INLW Deputy President and Minister of the Environment of Morocco, Hakima El Haite (Mouvement Populaire), has been awarded France’s Legion of Honour: the highest honour for a civilian.
Hakima El Haite said that she was very honored to receive this distinction. As she said; “This decoration reflects the excellence of the friendship which unites Morocco and France. I will continue to campaign for the protection of the environment as a human right.”
On Sunday morning November 13th INLW organized a ROUND TABLE MEETING in hotel Mogador Express Gueliz, Marrakech to give a presentation on INLW and to introduce the Founder of the Chapter of INLW Morocco, Khadija El Morabit.
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).
Wassenaar, October 2016
Hereby I would like to inform you on the last past activities where INLW was active. Please find that report in the attachment.
Also I would like to inform you about the coming events.
First INLW plans to take part in the 197th Liberal Executive Committee conference that will take place in Marrakech, Morocco from November 11th till the 13th. This Conference will be held In the margin of the UN Climate Change Summit, COP22 and under the patronage of Liberal International Vice-President on the Bureau, Minister of the Environment Hakima El Haité, who is also Deputy President of INLW. (COP22 is the Conference of Parties, the decision making organization of the UN Climate Treaty).
The 197th EC, which will have a special focus on the liberal approach to environmental policies fighting global warming and will draw together parliamentarians and liberals from around the world to discuss the 2017 Liberal Manifesto in the last statutory event ahead of the next LI Congress where the new 2017 Liberal Manifesto will be accepted.
Some of the INLW Board will attend the Conference and a Board meeting will be held.
Of course INLW who would like to attend the LI conference can find more information and subscription possibilities after September 30th on the LI website (www.Liberal-international.org).
INLW has submitted a resolution to the LI EX Com, on the role of women in climate change, see attachment.
INLW’s President was asked by the International Women’s Peace Group to participate at this Conference to be held from Saturday 17th till Monday 19th of September in Seoul, South Korea. As President of INLW I represented INLW at these different events.
The aim of this enormous Conference was to advocate the Declaration on Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW) which was proclaimed on the 14th of March 2016 in Seoul, which in the end should result in an international legal binding document to be adopted by the United Nations and then signed, ratified and implemented by all UN Member States. This to help bring peace everywhere.
Wassenaar, September 12th 2016
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.
Khadija was invited for a 12 day workshop on “FREEDOM of MOVEMENT; a liberal principle challenged (Refugees and Migrants)” organised by Friederich Naumann Foundation (FNF) from 29 May to 10 June 2016