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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The UN Water Conference is back for the first time in 50 years, organized by the UN General Assembly and co-hosted by the Governments of Tajikistan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The event’s revival highlights the increasing necessity for action on water and water-related goals. It will focus on the sustainable development and integrated management of water resources for the achievement of social, economic and environmental objectives, the implementation and promotion of related programs and projects, as well as on the furtherance of cooperation and partnerships at all levels.
“The UN 2023 Water Conference in March must result in a bold Water Action Agenda that gives our world’s lifeblood the commitment it deserves.”
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General.
The conference will include an opening and closing session, six plenary sessions, and five interactive dialogues, as well as side events organized by participants. It will result in a summary of proceedings from the UNGA President that will feed into the 2023 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The event promises to bring together stakeholders from Governments, IFIs, NGOs, civil society, and more, working together to forge out a path to water security.
Ruth Richardson will organize a side event on behalf of INLW called “Reflections on Women, Water, Culture and Education Past, Present and Future” and Columbia University in New York is the main sponsor of the side event.
She is also been invited to speak at the side event, theme “Charting A Feminist Pathway to Inclusive and Productive Water Use and Governance” hosted by IWMI ( The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Thursday 23rd of March from 10.00 am to 12.30 am at 62 Orchard St. 2 Floor, Manhattan, NY 10002 and will also be broadcast through an online Zoom link. She will be speaking at the side event titled “Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Blue Economy through Water Action, Cooperation and Youth Engagement inside the UN Headquarters” on Friday 24th of March, from 12.30 to 13.45 PM, Conference room A.
Reflections on Women, Water, Culture and Education – Past, Present and Future
Wednesday 22 March 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM | Columbia University, New York, NY 10027
(the campus is easy to access by public transit using the IRT #1 subway to 116 Street)
The location of the program is the Center for Buildings, Infrastructure and Public Space at the School of Engineering, 500 West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027 (room 706).
UNESCO Chair Water Ports and Historic Cities • IHE Delft Institute for Water Education • Dutch Water Authority Rijnland • Drinkable Rivers • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe UNECE • Womenvai • World Federation of Engineers Organisation WFEO • Erasmus University Rotterdam.
This Side Event will elaborate on the following issues. On the one hand Women Leaders are needed at all levels of society, in water utilities, government water agencies, and international and regional water institutions to reduce the democratic gender deficit in water leadership. On the other hand safe water and sanitation is so important for getting girls and boys to school and educated them to become water leaders.
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Wednesday 22 March 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM
Columbia University, New York City
the campus is easy to access by public transit using the IRT #1 subway to 116 Street.
“Reflections on Women, Water, Culture and Education Past, Present and Future”
This Side Event will elaborate on the following issues. On the one hand Women Leaders are needed at all levels of society, in water utilities, government water agencies, and international and regional water institutions to reduce the democratic gender deficit in water leadership. On the other hand safe water and sanitation is so important for getting girls to school and educated for them to become leaders.
UNESCO Chair Water Ports and Historic Cities; • IHE Delft Institute for Water Education; Dutch Water Authority Rijnland; Drinkable Rivers • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe UNECE; • Womenvai; • World Federation of Engineers Organisation WFEO.
For more information about the side event on Wednesday 22nd of March 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM, at Columbia University, please contact Ruth Richardson, Secretary-General INLW at this email address: email@example.com
INLW Board member, Ruth Richardson, is busy preparing for the UN Water Conference next year in March 2023 (March 22-24, 2023) in New York. You find hereby an attachment about her presentation and the presentation itself. This presentation was given at the Climate Summit COP27 in Egypt, November 2022. .
On Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the Climate Summit, Ruth was in a panel discussion “Case Studies on Women in the Water and Sanitation Sector”, where she was allowed to give an online presentation about: “Invest in Women to tackle climate change and protect the environment” i.a. Wastewater treatment plants as a source of microplastic pollution and plastic waste.
She gave a brief talk about the history of wastewater treatment, about future challenges, pollution from plastic litter and microplastics in our wastewater treatment plants and about investing in women to tackle climate change and protect the environment.Continue reading
The Asia-Pacific Liberal Women Association (APLW), which was founded by Amb. Maysing Yang, held its second general members meeting on November 20. At the meeting, the ceremony was held to present the first “Asia-Pacific Student Leaders Award.” In addition, Robert Hsing-cheng Tsao, former chairman of United Microelectronics Corporation, was invited to deliver a special guest lecture, titled “Land of the free, home of the brave.” Several candidates in the upcoming local elections addressed the meeting, including Taipei mayoral candidate Chen Shih-chung, incumbent Taipei city councilors Chien Shu-pei and Chen Hsien-wei, and city council candidates Chan Chin-chien and Wu Hsin-tai.
The APLW is the Asia-Pacific regional chapter of the International Network of Liberal Women (INLW). Headquartered in Taipei, the APLW is thus one of the few organizations with United Nations consultative status in Taiwan. Its members come from various nationalities and genders, and its founding goals are promotion of gender equality and enhancing women’s political participation. In addition, it advocates the principles of HeForShe, encouraging men to join the movement for equality and speak out for women. The APLW actively engages in and supports the Non-Governmental Organization Committee on the Status of Women (NGO CSW), working together with members of the women’s movement from around the world to promote gender equality and the status of women globally.
To promote the formation of talented young people, the APLW this year for the first time awarded the “Asia-Pacific Student Leaders Award” to nine outstanding students from different universities across Taiwan. Many of the awardees had been active since high school in various student organizations and publications, working on issues such as students’ rights and transitional justice on campuses; others had joined movements for human rights, gender equality, and the environment while at university. Many had already achieved substantial progress towards their various causes. For example, National Taiwan Normal University’s Michelle Hsu, herself just 18 this year, traveled the country to promote the constitutional amendment to lower the voting age to 18. National Taiwan University’s Tu Chun-Ching used management of a consumer cooperative to promote reforms. Shih Hsin University’s Yeh Po-ting created a student campaign in support of Hong Kong’s Anti-Extradition Movement. Tunghai University’s Tjuku Revuci and Chung Yang University’s Lîm Khiūn Chhin effectively used the media to document the Indigenous and Hakka cultures of their respective hometowns in Pingtung and Hsinchu.
The depth of understanding of the principles of freedom and equality and the dedication to putting them into practice of all of these outstanding youth is very moving. To encourage such excellent young people to continue their work to advance the vision of the APLW, each awardee received a scholarship of between NT$30,000-50,000.Continue reading